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A cicada crawled onto a reporter’s head during a live shot in Washington, as the insect’s once-in-a-generation coming out party continues to make headlines.
CNN reporter Manu Raju tweeted a clip of him being bugged by the unwanted visitor — which appears to be almost the same size as the knot on his tie — while filming a stand-up at the US Capitol Thursday.
The large insect can be seen crawling up Raju’s lapel and onto the back of his neck, before the political reporter takes notice and flicks the insect out of his hair while screaming out in profanity.
“Do I have more on me?” Raju asks onlookers, as he starts to regain his composure.
“Are they in my hair?,” he asks, before punctuating the exchange with more profanity, which was bleeped out.
“Where the f*** are the cicadas coming from?!” Raju exclaims as he looks around the building’s rotunda in the 43-second clip.
Members of the media were sympathetic, while some Twitter users turned the creepy scene into a political joke.
“Honestly I wouldn’t even be mad if you missed my live shot because of this. I would have left the building,” CNN producer Courtney Doll tweeted.
“I would have LOST it!!,” replied NPR reporter Asma Khalid.
“That cicada is the least swarmy thing on Capitol Hill,” another user wrote.
Trillions of the noisy insects have surfaced for the first time in 17 years from Georgia to New Jersey.
This generation of the winged black insects have been dubbed Brood X cicadas. They hibernated underground for nearly two decades before emerging to mate — at a volume of up to 100 decibels — along the East Coast this spring.
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