A post in a 225,000 strong QAnon Telegram chat We The Media read: “JOE BIDEN BITTEN BY A CICADA – COMMS? Just so happens that Cicadas nymphs emerge after a 17-year childhood underground!!! What? CHILD? UNDERGROUND? 17?”
The post draws parallels between the 17 years that Brood X cicadas spend living underground, implying that this timeframe is somehow linked to Q. The number “17” is often used in QAnon circles because Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet. It also references the “underground,” a baseless belief that QAnon supporters hold that there is a hidden network of pedophiles that “Q” — and Trump — will one day expose.