05/13/2013 08:12 am ET Updated May 13, 2013

Brood II Cicadas Have Missed A Lot In The Past 17 Years

The cicadas are back ... and they've missed a lot.

By late May 2013, millions of cicadas will emerge from the ground along the U.S. East Coast for the first time in 17 years. Most of the noisy, inch-and-a-half long insects -- dubbed "Brood II" -- have been living underground since 1996.

Not all cicadas lie in wait for 17 years. "Annual" cicadas also appear every summer in some areas.

The insects won't cause harm to humans or animals and you can track the cicadas here with WNYC's Cicada Tracker.

Since these guys have clearly been living under a rock, it's time to show them what they've missed in the past 17 years: