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Return of the 17-Year Cicada Family Day (slide show)

Entomologists-in-training took part in the Staten Island Museum's family day, celebrating its new show "They're Baaack! Return of the 17-Year Cicada."

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    "Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

"Family Cicada Day: Opening Celebration" at the Staten Island Museum

The 17-year cicada—an insect that emerges from the ground to find a partner, mate and lay eggs once every 17 years—is poised to return to Staten Island this spring, and the Staten Island Museum is celebrating by shining the spotlight on the noisy insect in its new show, "They're Baaack! Return of the 17-Year Cicada," on view through spring 2014. In honor of the exhibit, the museum hosted a cicada-themed family day on Saturday, February 16, featuring science experiments, origami and insect headgear workshops, a stop-motion animation puppet film and a bug-themed raffle, among other insect-inspired fun. See what the exhibit has to offer kids—or, if you were there, find your young cicada aficionado—by clicking through our slide show of the event. And mark your calendar for a return visit starting in late May to see the insects in person for yourselves!


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