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Throughout North America bugs burrow deep underground, waiting for the day they will emerge as one buzzing chorus to eat everything in their path. Millions of ravenous insects will swarm the skies and die in less than a month, leaving the earth for their descendants to return and wait for the cycle to begin anew.
This isn’t the plot of the next Pitch Black movie or Gears of War game, but reality: Magicicada are periodical cicadas that emerge on a 13 and 17 year cycle across the United States and Canada. The last breakout was on the east coast in 2013. The interesting question is why the repeated values of 13 and 17, and how are these numbers relevant to web pages?