Biologist Jenna Jadin prepares Caramelised Brood II cicadas
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Cicadas: a story of love, life and death

The people who live on the east coast of the United States are suffering from a plague of billions of cicadas.

Cicadas are insects that crawl to the surface after living under the ground for 17 years.

The BBC's North America correspondent Jonny Dymond reports that while the plague is driving many people mad, there are some who are making the most of infestation.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 17 June 2013. Produced by Richard Fenton-Smith.

  • 17 Jun 2013