Brood X is out and about in parts of the United States, with Washington, DC being one of many locations where large numbers of cicadas are causing havoc this spring. That includes locations where TV reporters go for live shots, as one CNN reporter discovered in a humorous way on Thursday night.
A cicada landed on Manu Raju’s suit as he was getting set to appear on CNN, gently crawling up his shoulder and onto his neck. When he made touch with his skin, Raju became aware of him and reached back to examine what was on his back. And he was not pleased with the encounter.
Raju shared a video of the “attack” on Twitter on Thursday night and quickly went viral.
“Had an unwelcome visitor try to crawl into my live shot earlier,” he said on Twitter, sharing the video recorded off of what looks like a monitor.
They bleeped out some banned words to keep it clean, but it appears that the worst thing that could happen here is the death of a cicada before it could carry out its attempts to ensure the continuation of its species. Nonetheless, numerous reports from the DC area and the mid-Atlantic region indicate that there are plenty of other cicadas out and about doing their part.
Raju is far from the only reporter who freaks out when an insect lands on them, as many of the individuals who responded to his tweets posted recordings of other on-air personalities having the same reaction.
Still, it’s a good example of what locals face during cicada season, and it serves as a reminder to those on camera, like Raju, to expect the unexpected for the next few months.