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What do cicadas taste like? The Post answers your Brood X questions.

Post reporters will answer your bug questions as the cicada-palooza approaches

After 17 years underground, three species of the Brood X cicadas will emerge this spring on the East Coast. Here's everything you need to know. (Video: Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

In coming weeks (if not already), billions of cicadas will emerge from 17 years underground and blanket parts of the eastern United States. If you live near Washington, D.C., experts say you’ll be in the epicenter of a cicada-palooza come mid-May.

When the cicadas reach the surface will depend on the weather. But, in the span of two to four weeks, each cicada in this brood will molt, eat and try to mate before dying.

What do you want to know about the cicadas? Washington Post reporters Bonnie Berkowitz and Darryl Fears answered your Brood X questions, along with Kevin Ambrose, a freelance writer with the Capital Weather Gang, and Matt Kasson, an associate professor of forest pathology and mycology at West Virginia University. Here are some of the questions they’ve answered:

Before you submit a question, take a moment to read this cicada guide, which covers many common queries. For a full read on these giant fly-like bugs, read Fears’s reporting on Brood X from March.

Read the full transcript.

Looking for more? Read more of The Post’s Brood X coverage:

Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.

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