As much masochistic fun as it may be to follow the cicada sex invasion via Twitter's ever popular Vine app, the brave backyard directors chronicling the East Coast's ongoing insect phenomenon don't seem to be enjoying the process too much — many of them are just resorting to violence against the little guys, who die almost instantly upon their return to earth anyway.
Now that Brood II and all of its noisy glory has been spotted (and heard) all the way up to Staten Island, social media has begun to document the billions of winged creatures as they noisily mate for the next four to six weeks. So far, Vine — because it has sound and simple video — has provided the best look into life with cicadas... without the rest of us having to deal with the cicadas. But even though Vine users up and down the East Coast do have to hear and see the wings and the legs and the general ickiness, they don't have to go killing them on camera: Cicadas come up out of the ground, shed their skin, make the buzzsaw-decibel sounds of their mating call, mate... and then die, with or without Vine stomping. Male cicadas tend to expire shortly after mating, and the female batch of the brood don't normally survive much longer than it takes to lay 400-600 eggs each. Even when all those baby cicadas hatch, a lot of them tend to die off as well — and the rest just go back into the ground, harmless, for another 17 years before they're ready to mate themselves.