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The Cicadas Are Here. You Have Nothing to Fear.

By Margaret Renkl

Produced by Kristina Samulewski

They’re noisy and clumsy, and there are a trillion of them. Take a stroll with the Opinion contributing writer Margaret Renkl as she shares the sounds of cicadas buzzing and mating in her Nashville neighborhood. For Renkl, these often maligned insects give her great hope and joy.

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Credit…Illustration by Akshita Chandra/The New York Times; Photograph by Robert Kramer/Getty Images

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