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July 14, 2015

Annual Cicada Mania

Filed under: Annual — Dan @ 1:01 am

The 2015 annual cicada season is well underway.

The annual cicada species are out now (now means May to September) around the United States. Not all annual cicadas are out yet — some won’t arrive until late summer — but many are currently out in the southernmost states, and will soon arrive in northern states.

Wonder which annual cicadas are in your area? Try Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico, a PDF that features maps of annual cicadas. Also try our new U.S.A. & Canada Cicada Search search tool.

Wonder what they look like? Start at our Cicadas by Genus and Species page.

Wonder what they sound like? Try Insect Singers.

Here are a small portion of the species that can be found in the USA:

Diceroprocta apache
Diceroprocta apache
Found in: AZ, CA, CO, NV, UT
Diceroprocta olympusa
Diceroprocta olympusa
Found in: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC
Neocicada hieroglyphica
Neocicada hieroglyphica
Found in: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Okanagana bella
Okanagana bella
Found in: AB, AZ, BC, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Okanagana rimosa
Okanagana rimosa
Found in: AB, BC, CA, CT, ID, IL, IN, IA, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NB, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, ON, OR, PA, QC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
Tibicen superbus
Tibicen superbus
Found in: AR, KS, LA, MO, NM, OK, TX
Tibicen dorsatus
Tibicen dorsatus
Found in: AR, CO, ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY
Cicadetta calliope
Cicadetta calliope
Found in: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA
Tibicen pruinosus
Tibicen pruinosus
Found in: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI


  1. I would like to inform whomever publishes to where the “Locusts” have been spotted, that they have also arrived here in Maryland. I see approximately 6-10 a day, mostly already dead. Also, I’d like to say that I find this site to very informative. Great Job!

    Comment by mary jones — August 25, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  2. I was at Lake Logan in southern Ohio on 06 May 2012 and saw an Annual Cicada on my bicycle tire as I was getting ready to leave. It was smaller than the Dog Day variety, and the color was also much lighter. I was an avid bug collector in my early teen years, and I’ve never seen any Cicadas in the spring before. This particular specimen was relocated to a tree my bike was leaning against before I left. I regretted not taking a picture of it, as they are a beautiful bug.

    Comment by Michael P. Hamilton — June 3, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  3. Beginning in 2010, I noticed a disturbing(?) trend. By late July or early August, you almost always heard cicadas buzzing away during the day. I lived in northern/central NJ almost my entire adult life. I never, ever went a summer without hearing cicadas. Now there are not any cicadas buzzing away. I mean zero. I previously did not know that cicada wasps existed. I’ve seen some big wasps before, but not a cicada attacking, burrowing wasp. Now I live in North Plainfield NJ. There are now hundreds of wasp burrows, everywhere I turn. So what do I think happened? I lived in Maplewood, and North Plainfield NJ for many years. There may have been a few cicada wasps around, but not a huge amount. The amount of cicadas outnumbered the wasps and many were around during the day, buzzing away. That’s not happening this summer. Possibly, from climate change or other factors unknown to me/us, the cicada wasps expanded their range to this part of NJ. The days are eerily quiet without the cicadas present. If anyone has an explanation for this, please post it.

    Comment by Eric Y — August 3, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

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  5. Hi,

    I think the cold spring we (Mid Atlantic) has had a massive effect on the annual cicadas. It’s almost July and here in northern VA I have heard…..ONE…!!!… annual cicada in the last week. Defintely somethingt not right, hopefully they’re just delayed.

    The cold spring also massively affected the arrival of hummingbirds. I think it has also affected many more insects that we’re not aware of., which is a problem because it’s all part of the food chain.

    In the UK for example, insect levels are down 40% because of their very cold spring (caused by slipping jet stream, same problem we had)and it’s severely affecting food availability for bird species that eat insects. Just shows you how climate change can have big effects.

    It’s just so weird being almsot July and the garden is absolutely quiet……

    Comment by WingCommanderChirper — June 28, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  6. Sorry to hear about the trees being removed from your neighborhood. Yes, tree removal is likely the top reason why cicadas will disappear in a particular area. You can always travel to a local park. There should be a few big parks in Middlesex and Monmouth county you can visit. I used to live in Middlesex county and now live in Monmouth. I usually hear the Tibicen tibicen, Tibicen lyricen, Tibicen linnei and Tibicen canicularis in that area.

    Comment by Dan — June 9, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

  7. They might be Magicicada stragglers. Feel free to post a URL to an image or video so we can have a look.

    Comment by Dan — June 13, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

  8. Periodical cicadas can emerge a year after the main brood emerges. This phenomena is called straggling.

    Comment by Dan — June 15, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

  9. Hello
    we see green annual cicada in Iran. blew link show they:

    Comment by Armin — July 17, 2014 @ 11:36 am

  10. Hi my name is Cameron Marietta and I love cicadas I am 14 years old and I live in South Amboy New Jersey. Last year was a great year for me I witnessed one hatching in my backyard and hundreds of shells at the park in Monmouth County. I caught to mating in the same park. I hope to do it all over again this year. So the weather is supposed to be in the 80s most of next week, which is well above average.The average for this time year should be in the mid to upper 60s.I know it is only May, but is it possible that the very first ones might begin to emerge?I mean the trees are just starting to grow their leaves so I don’t know if the cicadas count the cycle, but I was just curious. I think I spoke to you last year too.hope to see you respond soon thank you!!!

    Comment by Cameron — May 1, 2015 @ 11:38 am

  11. Maybe a Neocicada this early in the year, but I don’t think any Tibicen will emerge until July.

    If you photograph anything, share it on the Facebook page or twitter.

    Comment by Dan — May 4, 2015 @ 2:47 pm

  12. Does temperature affect the cicadas? I mean it’s been up and down lately and here it is July 3rd.last year I heard the first one on July 5th and it was in the 90s and humid a couple of days before. Will they be later this year? Probably right?

    Comment by Cameron — July 3, 2015 @ 9:48 am

  13. Yes. Temperature effects when they’ll emerge from the ground, as well as their behavior above ground. Once they’re above ground, if they get too cool or too hot, they won’t fly or sing. Cloudy weather and rain, in particular, keeps them from singing.

    This behavior varies from species to species, but most cicadas are happy once it gets above 80.

    Comment by Dan — July 3, 2015 @ 10:02 am

  14. I have one more question, When would be the best time to search for nymphs emerging from the ground?

    Comment by Cameron — July 6, 2015 @ 11:05 am

  15. After astronomical sunset. Between 9 and 11pm have been lucky for me. I just check all the trees every 15 minutes or so.

    Comment by Dan — July 6, 2015 @ 11:18 am

  16. Heard the first lyricens today!!! Going cicada hunting tonight!!!

    Comment by Cameron — July 7, 2015 @ 3:22 pm

  17. Good luck! the linnei are out as well.

    Comment by Dan — July 7, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

  18. I went to the park last night and I found two cicadas one in its teneral state and the other a nymph crawling up the tree. I brang them home in a jar. The problem was that I picked up the teneral adult to roughly, and it’s wings got damaged and it had trouble walking. I feel so bad. So I let it go in my neighbors tree. The other nymph I kept because I wanted to see it hatch. Well it was 2:30 and I was really tired. So I let the nymph go on the lawn in the front of the house. I was happy I cought them, but sad that one would probably die, and the other had trouble finding a spot to moult.

    Comment by Cameron — July 8, 2015 @ 6:39 am

  19. I usually just take photos or video.

    Comment by Dan — July 8, 2015 @ 6:41 am

  20. Maybe I should have done just that then.

    Comment by Cameron — July 8, 2015 @ 6:48 am

  21. Hello all. Cicadas here in Jacksonville, AL. There are so many around my house that I am too afraid to go out at night. The noise scares me and its too loud. You’re guaranteed to get hit by at least one cicada a night if you are outside our house. They are white and green and very beautiful but a problem. I’m going to try putting a tarp out to tie it to the trees and catch all the nymphs that hatch and either kill them or let them go somewhere in the woods where I’ll never go.

    Comment by Elizabeth — July 11, 2015 @ 10:09 am

  22. Any idea why I haven’t heard many Choloromeras yet? All I’ve heard are lyricens so far.

    Comment by Cameron — July 11, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

  23. I couldn’t say. lyricens and linnei normally emerge before Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (the current name). Wait a few weeks.

    Comment by Dan — July 11, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

  24. I was in Long Island earlier today at a party, and I heard a chorus of now called neotibicen lyricens. One after the other sang around sunset. I was amazing at how many there were.

    Comment by Cameron — July 18, 2015 @ 6:48 pm

  25. I will never forget this night so I went to Homdel park and I saw a nymph climbing up a tree it looked like neotibicen lyricen. I brang it back and watched it hatch in my backyard it is now hanging onto its shell. I have never seen one hatch in my life it was amazing!!

    Comment by Cameron — July 20, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

  26. So I watched it hatch last night. After the wings folded in for about an hour, it started crawling up the tree. I went inside for a minute and when I came out it was gone!!?? The were no animals around!! I checked to see if it fell. I didn’t see anything. It also couldn’t of crawled up the tree that quickly. What do you think happen to it??

    Comment by Cameron — July 21, 2015 @ 5:21 am

  27. I live in New Haven CT & I have spotted shells of cicadas on and around my back steps and the telltale holes in my yard around our tree . We had loads of them in 2013 bug they stayed in the yard . I don’t know why they have migrated to the cement of my patio ?

    Comment by Kim — July 26, 2015 @ 4:59 am

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