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Biden’s Europe-bound press plane delayed by cicadas

June 10, 2021

Washington: US President Joe Biden’s press plane was delayed by a horde of cicadas late on Tuesday, US media reported, grounding the flight for his European diplomatic tour by several hours.

The noisy insects have reemerged from 17 years underground, a regular cycle where they burst out of the soil to shed their skin, mate, lay eggs and then die. A swarm of the insects -- thumb-sized with wide-set eyes and membranous wings -- filled the plane’s engines, stranding dozens of journalists at Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport until early Wednesday morning.