Some 13-year-olds are causing a buzz around Central Georgia.
They're periodical cicadas -- insects that have lived underground for 13 years only to emerge this spring, mate, lay eggs and die sometime this summer.
People in north Macon, Jones County, and some other areas say their high-pitched buzzing is causing a racket around the region.
Nancy Hinkle of UGA's Department of Entomology is tracking the cicadas' emergence and offers these facts about them:
-- The periodical cicadas, which live on a 13-year cycle, are smaller than the so-called "dog day" cicadas that emerge every summer. But their numbers make them seem louder.
-- Periodical cicadas emerge in the spring, have black bodies, bright red eyes and orange-veined wings.
-- Cicada nymphs emerge from the ground, crawl up trees, shed their skins, and fly to the treetops from which the males call for mates. Females reply with wing clicks to lure in the males.