A cicada comes out of its shell in Arkansas

On July 11, 2011, a cicada emerges from its shell on a tree as a porch light of a home glows orange in the background, in Fort Smith, Ark.
On July 11, 2011, a cicada emerges from its shell on a tree as a porch light of a home glows orange in the background, in Fort Smith, Ark.Kaia Larsen / Times Record via AP

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By Carissa Ray

Growing up in the Midwest, as a young child my sister and I had what could be described as a "mildly traumatizing" experience involving a park covered with 7 year cicadas that completely freaked us out. It's pretty wild to learn that many places around the world hold festivals in this insect's honor. Do you have an opinion about these transforming creatures? Creepy or interesting?