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April 27, 2017

Brood VI 17-Year Cicadas Due in Spring of 2017

Filed under: Brood VI,Magicicada,Periodical — Dan @ 1:01 am

Summer has arrived. If you’re looking for cicadas in the U.S.A. or Canada, start with this page first, or use our handy map interface. The 17 & 13 year cicadas described below only appear in the spring.

If you experienced Brood VI cicadas in the spring of 2017, it’s not to late report the location where you saw them to Magicicada.org. In the Ohio area, send your cicada photos of Mount St. Joseph University.

Final Update: I traveled to Wisconsin last week and spent a few days looking for cicadas in the southern part of the state (Madison, Baraboo, Janesville, Cedar Bluff, Dodgeville) but unfortunately I did not see or hear any. :(. So far this year though, Brood VI was spotted in GA, NC, SC, OK, OH and perhaps NY….

BROOD VI

Previous updates can be found in the comments.

Brood VI (6) 17-year cicadas (“locusts”) will emerge in the spring of 2017. The main group will emerge in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Other lesser groups should emerge in Ohio & Wisconsin. And possibly other states/locations as well.

About Brood VI:

The cicada species that will emerge are Magicicada septendecim1, Magicicada septendecula1, and possibly Magicicada cassini2. These periodical cicadas have a 17-year life cycle. The last time they emerged was 2000.

When: Generally speaking, these cicadas will begin to emerge when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit 3. A nice, warm rain will often trigger a emergence. So, definitely May, but something might happen in April if we have a particularly hot spring.

Report a sighting: If you see or heard cicadas, please report them to Magicicada.org. This helps researchers map the location of the cicadas.

Locations where they are likely to emerge:

This data comes from the Cicada Central Magicicada Database6 and other sources 5, 7.

Georgia:

Counties:

Best bet: Rabun.6

1889 document: Dade (Trenton), Elbert (Elberton), Floyd (Rome), Habersham (Turnerville), Hill (Virgil), Paulding (Brownsville), Rabun, Spalding (Experiment), White (Tesnatee). 7

Not Atlanta.

North Carolina:

Counties:

Best bet: Buncombe (Asheville), Burke, Caldwell, Henderson, McDowell, Polk, Wilkes6.

1889 document: Alexander (Mount Pisgah, Taylorsville), Bladen, Buncombe (Asheville), Burke (Morganton), Cabarrus, Caldwell (Lenoir, Hickory), Catawba (Claremont, Maiden), Henderson (Westfeldt Park, Horse Shoe), Iredell, Lincoln (Denver, Lincolnton), Macon (Franklin), McDowell (Greenlee), Moore, Montgomery, Pender (Long Creek), Polk (Columbus, Saluda, Mill Spring), Rabun (Highlands), Randolph, Rutherford, Swain (Whittier), Transylvania, Union (Waxhaw), Washington, Wilkes (Moravian Falls, Wilkesboro).7

South Carolina:

Counties:

Best bet: Oconee, Pickens6.

1889 document: Oconee (Stumphouse Mountain which is near Westminster).7

Brood VI

Wisconsin:

Wisconsin seems like a sure thing as well.

Counties:

Best bet: Columbia, Dane, Rock, Sauk (Baraboo)5

1889 document (aside from those mentioned above: Burnett (Spooner), Columbia (Madison), Crawford (Towerville), Dane (Janesville), Fond du Lac (Ripon), Green Lake (Dartford), Marquette (Harrisville), Sauk (Baraboo), Sawyer (Hayward), Washburn (Shell Lake), Waushara (Auroraville). 7

Ohio

Counties:

Best bet: Hamilton (Hyde Park, Delhi, Finneytown, Green Township, Anderson). 5

1889 document: Carroll, Champaign, Columbiana, Delaware, Madison, Mahoning, Montgomery, Morrow, Pickaway, Shelby, Union.

And Maybe…

Various counties in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. More about that here.

Learn more about Brood VI:

A pair of Magicicada septendecim:
A pair of mating Magicicada septendecims found in Woodbridge Township NJ

Here’s some more stuff to get you excited about the emergence:

Watch a cicada emerge from its skin:

A whole lot of cicada nymphs:

Wanted Poster

Download a PDF of the wanted poster (1.3MB).

Other than GA, NC, SC, WI, OH:

What about Delaware, D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia?

The most interesting aspect of Brood VI for cicada researchers is its widespread distribution according to literature from the past. Take a look at the Brood VI map on Magicicada.org to see what I mean. See all those blue triangles? Those represent locations from the 1923 version of C.L. Marlatt’s The Periodical Cicada (United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology Bulletin 71). Notice that they’re all over the United States, east of the Mississippi, and not just concentrated in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, like the recent, verified sightings which are marked with Gold & Brown symbols.

The question is: was C.L. Marlatt mistaken? Is Brood VI really as widespread as his bulletin suggests, or do these sightings represent:

  1. Stragglers from other Broods like X or V.
  2. Members of Brood XIX that just happened to emerge the same year as Brood VI.
  3. Errors
  4. A combination of two or more of these.

Or… perhaps they are (or were) totally legitimate, actual populations of Brood VI.

If you look at the data from the Cicada Central Magicicada Database and compare the County/State locations where the Literature says Brood VI is, with other broods that emerge in these County/State locations, you’ll find an argument for the possibilities mentioned above.

Brood VI Counties
Brood X really stands out.

Stragglers from other 17-year Broods:

Quoting David Marshall’s paper Periodical Cicada (Homoptera: Cicadidae) Life-Cycle Variations, the Historical Emergence Record, and the Geographic Stability of Brood Distributions: “Many of the questionable brood VI records fall within the ranges of 17-yr broods II, V, and – separated from brood VI by 1 or 4 yr.”4

It’s very likely that Brood X stragglers, arriving a very-probable four years early, might be mistaken for Brood VI. About 41% of the Brood VI records overlap with Brood X. Reports of Brood X stragglers, year after year, could add up to significant numbers, and appear to be populations of Brood VI.

Not as likely, but still possible are Brood V stragglers emerging a year late. That would account for about 20% of the overlaps.

Probability of Magicicada straggling in order most likely first: 1) 4 years early, 2) 4 years late, 3) 1 year early, 4) 1 year late. Read more about stragglers.

Co-Emergence with Brood XIX

Brood XIX cicadas have a 13-year life cycle, and Brood XIX and VI will emerge in the same year every 221 years 13 x 17 = 221).

About 9% of the Brood VI records show an overlap with Brood XIX. The last co-emergence of these broods happened in 1881. There’s a good chance in that in 1898 Brood XIX +4 year stragglers emerged along with Brood VI too.

Legitimate groups of Brood VI not in GA, NC or SC

About 20% of the Brood VI records share no overlap with other Broods (at least according to the database). These are the interesting ones (to me at least). These seem to be the most likely candidates for something unique, and not a straggler or descendant of another Brood. There seem to be about seven counties in Wisconsin that share no overlap with another Brood. Notice on the Magicicada.org Brood VI page this: “Isolated populations in WI were not confirmed in 2000, but the search was not exhaustive.” Hmmm… I have to ask.

It is possible that groups of Brood VI existed during Marlatt’s time, but they have gone extinct since the 1920s. We lost Brood XI in 1954 — extinction is highly possible.

The Jim Thorp Pennsyvalnia periodical cicadas that emerged in-sync with Brood V in 2016 are an example of a group of periodical cicadas that share the same cycle as a major brood, but differ in location, and probably lineage. There might be a few examples like this as well.

It is certain that there are populations in Wisconsin and Ohio5, so I have added those states at the top of this article. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has specimens from Wisconsin in their collection, and I’m pretty sure Gene Kritsky has specimens from the Ohio emergences.

2000 Emergence

Gene Kritsky’s must-own book Periodical Cicadas the Plague and the Puzzle (2004, Indiana Academy of Science, page 97) notes that in 2000 there were several large emergences of periodical cicadas outside of GA, NC & SC. They emerged in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Note that Brood X also emerges in these areas. Has part of Brood X been accelerating to fall into the same cycle as Brood VI? Maybe.

Oklahoma

As I understand it, there may be populations in eastern Oklahoma that might exist, but no one has checked yet (or documented it). Researchers hope to check this year.5

Brood X stragglers in 2017

Last, it is important to mention that there will be plenty of legitimate Brood X stragglers emerging next year (Brood X map). These might get confused with Brood VI.

Just in case, here’s all the States/Counties mentioned by Marlatt’s documents other than GA, NC, SC, OH, WI.7

After reading the old documents, I’ve bolded the “best bets” — the ones that were more than “a few”.

Delaware: Newcastle.

District of Columbia: Several localities.

Illinois: Dewitt [Hallsville, Wapella “millions”], Douglas, Knox, McLean, Montgomery, Scott, Shelby [Strasburg “plentiful is eastern part of county”], Vermilion.

Indiana: Boone, Brown, Carroll, Grant, Johnson, Laporte [Boiling Prairie “several in the timber”], Wells.

Kentucky: Letcher.

Maryland: Carroll, Cecil, Montgomery, Prince George, Washington.

Michigan: Barry, Chippewa [Pickford “plentiful”], Genesee [Linden “plentiful”], Houghton [Jacobsville “very many”], Kent [Kent City], Macomb, Newaygo, Ogemaw, Otsego [Vauderbilt], Shiawassee, Washtenaw.

Montana: Choteau, Flathead, Gallatin, Missoula. [Probably Okanagana or Platypedia, not Magicicada]

New Jersey: Bergen [Fort Lee – Probably paved over by now], Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex [Franklin – swarms], Morris, Passaic, Somerset [“swarms in timbered districts”].

New York: Greene, New York [Manhattan had farmland in 1889], Richmond [this is Staten Island, east half of island], Schenectady, Westchester.

Pennsylvania: Bucks [Durham – “great numbers”], Montgomery, Westmoreland.

Tennessee: Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, Meigs, Polk, Sullivan.

Virginia: Charlotte, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Powhatan, Prince Edward.

West Virginia: Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral, Preston, Webster.


1 Teiji Sota, Satoshi Yamamoto, John R. Cooley, Kathy B.R. Hill, Chris Simon, and Jin Yoshimu. Independent divergence of 13- and 17-y life cycles among three lineages of periodical cicada lineages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

2 Gene Kritsky Periodical Cicadas the Plague and the Puzzle (2004, Indiana Academy of Science, page 97)

3 James Edward Heath, Thermal Synchronization of Emergence in Periodical “17-year” Cicadas (Homoptera, Cicadidae, Magicicada) American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 80, No. 2. (Oct., 1968), pp. 440-448.

4 David C Marshall Periodical Cicada (Homoptera: Cicadidae) Life-Cycle Variations, the Historical Emergence Record, and the Geographic Stability of Brood Distributions. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 94(3): 386Ð399 (2001). Link to website where you can get this document.

5 Information from John Cooley of Magicicada.org, Gene Kritsky, & Roy Troutman, relayed by email.

6 Magicicada Database Query Page.

7 C.L. Marlatt, Thermal Synchronization of Emergence in Periodical “17-year” Cicadas (Homoptera, Cicadidae, Magicicada), United States. Bureau of Entomology, 1889b, (1889). Find this online in the document Some miscellaneous results of the work of the Division of Entomology, III (Archive.org) compiled by United State Division of Entomology in 1889.

* The map is based on this map from the Wikimedia Commons by Lokal_Profil. The data for the map come’s from Magicicada.org.


125 Comments

  1. Dan says:

    Update #6: Periodical cicadas have emerged in Central Oklahoma!

  2. Jamie says:

    Just watched a cicada come out of it’s shell here in Raleigh NC. Really cool experience. Have pictures.

  3. Sharon says:

    Cicadas all over our neighborhood. Hard to walk my dog in three morning because she wants to stop and eat them. South of Fishers, Indiana, but in Marion County.

    1. Sharon says:

      The morning, not three!

  4. Dan says:

    Update #5: Brood VI has emerged in NC, SC & GA as expected. The emergence in that area has reached its peak. No word of an emergence in Wisconsin yet. Cicadas in the Cincinnati area known to have last emerged in 2000, have emerged this year as well.

  5. Kasey says:

    They are here in ypsilanti Michigan
    Ugh! I’m over them already!

  6. April Bonner says:

    Live in Perkiomenville, PA (North and West of Philadelphia)

    We have found casings of these type (I would describe these as skinnier cicadas than we usually see and the casings are very shiny) and emergence holes. Today I have begun to hear the unusual song of whatever this cicada is. (Again, distinctly earlier and different from our usual cicadas which start more mid summer and make a crescendo buzz) These sound a bit more like crickets but longer spaces between choruses. We did not live in this location in 2000–so can’t verify the recurrence.

  7. Kim says:

    They are out in full force in my yard in Fishers, Indiana.

  8. Tonya Telson says:

    Tonya from Grove city, Ohio. They began emerging in my yard last weekend. The noise is tremendous!

  9. Jane Bownes says:

    They are out in columbia me at my doctors office. Not as much as we used to see them which is really sad. I used to love it, I even got married when they were out in 96. But they are definitely present around rt29 and rt29 100 in cumbia md

  10. Lee Bales says:

    Powell Ohio chiming in, just north of Columbus, in Delaware county. We honestly have hundreds, if not maybe thousands of holes in our yard and husks on our fences, and our swing set, and our trees, they’re eeeverywhere. I’m not sure what other people think, but I love listening to them sing.

    1. Ilene says:

      The cicadas are ALL over n very loud here in Cincinnati!! Very annoying!! Never gave seen anything like this before!!! When do they leave?

      1. Dan says:

        About 3 weeks.

  11. Cameron says:

    I went to Princeton today to check what they have going on over there. I saw about 20 nymphs climbing within 2 trees, some also tumbling through the grass, and saw plenty of discarded shells. If you live in NJ and want to see the periodical cicadas this year, Princeton is the place to go.

  12. Simon says:

    I have a small video of a pair of magi cicadas mating this evening. Can I upload to your site?

  13. Karen says:

    Hear the cicadas and have seen a few here in North Scott County, KY.

  14. Faye says:

    Alexandria, VA here and they are everywhere, and have been for a couple of weeks. On trees, potted plants, etc., and now their singing is almost unbearable. When will this stop?

  15. Toni E. says:

    We have had them for approximately a week I took pictures of the stages of hatching and fully winged. I live in West Carrollton OH they are everywhere!

  16. Pamela knudson says:

    I live in Okeana Ohio- About 45 mins North of Cincinnati and I have Cicadas in my yard… well we saw many skins on our maple tree. Is this brood x or 17? The news keeps saying x due in 2021 coming early but I thought it was 17.

    1. Dan says:

      It’s Brood X. They normally have a 17 year life cycle, but these emerged in 13 years (which is unusual, but normal).

      There actually is no brood 17 (would be XVII if it existed). There also is no XI (extinct), XII, XV, or XVI. :)

  17. Anthony says:

    Pasadena, MD. I have SPOTTED 2 OF THE BLACK AND ORANGE SMALLER VARIETY alive and well (cat found one) have also seen a few shells on the trunks of trees. HAVE NOT YET SEEN ANY OF THE LARGER BLACK AND GREEN VARIETY WE TYPICALY SPOT EACH YEAR

  18. Chris Zanowick says:

    Hello,

    I am interested in the damage which is done to the tree limbs from the females laying eggs. Do you have any videos of the females creating the slits in the branch and laying the eggs?

    Thanks,
    Chris Zanowick

    1. Dan says:

      Sure. Here are a couple of links:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amttBPpMfAQ
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFH_s2CvhhQ

      And here’s some “flagging” which is what the branches look like if the leaves wilt due to the ovipositing.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJZxr46e388

  19. SANDRA says:

    I LIVE IN MARYLAND AND THEY ARE SINGING LOUD. MY YARD AND MY NEIGHBORS YARDS ARE COVERED WITH THEM THE SHELLS AND THEM CRAWLING AROUND. THE ARE ALL OVER OUR TREES AND PLANTS.

  20. Brood VI? 17 year cycle arrives about a week to 10 days ago in the south Asheville area..Arden in particular.They are on my home,yard,decks.

  21. Adrea says:

    They are here in Indianapolis, IN. My backyard is covered. Haven’t seen them anywhere else.

  22. Patrick says:

    After yesterday’s rain, hundreds of at least two species chorusing in eastern Cincinnati (Mt. Washington/Anderson Township). Based on morphology and song, appear to be mix of M. septendecim and M. cassini.

  23. Judy Connelly says:

    Here in Baltimore, Maryland, they are everywhere. Will they kill my plants. They are all over my Hostas

  24. Suzanne says:

    Dan- I lived in upstate NY in ’96 and ’13, and we had the ones with red eyes. They also had those in northern VA in ’13. Last year in Dulles VA, I saw a bunch with green/black eyes and a sort of band of military camoflage on their “foreheads”. Now (the very next year) I have some in Sterling (eight miles from Dulles). I haven’t seen any adults yet for eye color. Your thoughts?

    1. Dan says:

      96/13 would be Brood II Magicicadas.

      The camouflage colored cicadas belong to the genus Neotibicen, formerly Tibicen. Those cicadas have an annual life cycle, meaning they appear every year. They’ll be out in July. Here’s a list of that type of cicada in Virginia http://www.cicadamania.com/genera/usa.php?qs=VA&category=A&q=tibicen#speciesresults

      1. Suzanne says:

        Thank-you!

  25. Debby Gillaugh says:

    Just had hundreds of them appear in Dayton OH. They are everywhere in our backyard.

  26. Matt says:

    Harrison county Kentucky. Have seen at least 100 red-eyed cicadas. Only looked for about 15 minutes. Brood VI?

  27. Doug says:

    Just found some live ones and shells all in a 10 foot areas tonight

  28. C Johnson says:

    May 19, 2017

    In Princeton NJ (Mercer County): we’ve seen several casings, but nothing yet in the way of singing.

    1. Dan says:

      Ah, the moment I’ve been waiting for.

  29. Cameron says:

    Hey Dan, I’m on a trip in Fairfax Virginia, and the Cassini’s are really starting to chorus. I also heard a decim chorus in Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria,VA. I have been park hopping all day and are going to search for nymphs tonight!! So exciting!!

    1. Dan says:

      Glad to hear that you’re having fun Cameron.

      1. Suzanne says:

        Sterling, VA- found my first abandoned shell this morning, been hearing them for about 2 days, maybe- some holes in the garden. What brood are these, because we had some around here way less than 17 years ago…

  30. Sarah says:

    Baltimore Maryland here! They are everywhere! the past 2 days have been crazy! I’ve been reading news articles saying these are the 17 year ones that are confused:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/17/the-giant-bugs-on-the-sidewalks-are-cicadas-that-rose-from-the-dead-4-years-too-early/?utm_term=.4a17dd50466a

    http://www.abc2news.com/news/state/a-massive-17-year-cicada-brood-is-crawling-out-of-the-gorund-early

    Is this true?? I have no background in bugs what so ever so go easy on the terminology with me :-)

    Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      Sarah, this is true. They’re cicadas that normally have a 17-year life cycle, but under the right conditions can emerge in a 13 year cycle. It isn’t so much that they’re confused, but something has triggered a large number of them to emerge 4 years early. The trigger might be climate effecting their host-tree life-cycles.

  31. Elizabeth Pocock says:

    We are in Bowie, Maryland (Prince George’s County) and the Cicadas are really starting to come out now.

  32. Robin says:

    As of this morning, my husband and I some cicadas here in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

  33. Steve Smith says:

    I have no idea what Brood they are part of, but 40-50 nymph cases appeared over the last couple of days on the exterior walls of the garage where I live.

    1. Dan says:

      I’m guessing you’re in the greater Baltimore area, and so it would be Brood X.

  34. Julie Walker says:

    They are here in Southern Indiana! We have a lot of the shells around the trees in the yard

  35. Mia says:

    This morning their was at least 20-30 flying in between the trees in our backyard and tons of shells everywhere but this evening I have yet to see a single live one in the backyard now .. From Cincinnati, OH.

  36. Sherry a Mangas says:

    100’s of home, nymphs above ground seen and thousands of skeleton. Winged ones appearing in quantity today and the first chorus can be heard as of this morning. most likely due to the 2 days of 90 degree temp.

    1. Sherry a Mangas says:

      forgot to add this is in Oak Hill area of Herndon, Reston, Chantilly intersect of western Fairfax County.

  37. keevon winsto says:

    there everywhere in Maryland Temple Hills

  38. Britt says:

    I’ve seen quite a few in PG County MD and a friend told me they are everywhere around his home in Baltimore.

  39. Peggy Cook says:

    Scott county , Kentucky has lots of cicadas May 16, 2017

  40. Heather Lucas says:

    Lots here in austin indiana

  41. Dianne says:

    I’ve seen many today in Bloomington, IN.

  42. G. Waedow says:

    Lots of them here in Bethesda, MD, Sumner Neighbourhood. They started to appear a few days ago.

  43. Kathy says:

    Saw first dead cicada on patio yesterday (5/16/17). Red eyes unlike the usual cicadas we get each year. This one resembled the ones we had on our wedding day, 13 years ago. Reston, VA

  44. Kathy says:

    Saw first dead cicada on patio yesterday (5/16/17). Red eyes unlike the usual cicadas we get each year. This one resembled the ones we had on our wedding day, 13 years ago.

  45. MB York says:

    Cincinnati,OH specifically Mariemont.
    May 16th first siting of shells and live cicadas in my yard.

  46. Rhonda Matteson says:

    Seeing many here in Bloomington, Indiana!!

  47. Bleu says:

    I’m in Fairfax, Va, 22032, and I can hardly walk the dog without her trying to eat the hundreds on the sidewalks! Not seen this since early 2000s.

  48. Angela says:

    They are here and Howard County Maryland zip code 20723

  49. Angela says:

    They are here in Howard County Maryland 20723

  50. george Vandenberghe says:

    Significant numbers of them in Central PG county MD( Riverdale/College Park). First seen May 5 but in numbers the night of May 14. No significant song yet and birds, overwhelmed by a full brood, may keep up with these.

  51. Sidney Fields says:

    They’ve arrived at my home in the West End of Alexandria, VA on about May 12, 2017. I was here in May 2000 when they were last here. My front and back yards are carpeted with cicada carcasses and the trees and hedges are covered with both live and dead cicadas like some Biblical Plague.

  52. Chris Burkes says:

    Many exoskeletons and newly hatched cicadas in neighboring front yard.I can’t find any traces in my yard, even though it’s heavily treed with mostly very mature oaks and on the woods. Zipcode 20715, Prince George’s County, MD.

  53. Soulhee says:

    They’re here Arlington VA on the trail red eyes and golden wings cicadas today in Mt. Vernon Trail between Four Mile Run and Marina.

  54. Christina says:

    I’ve got a lot in my backyard. 22309 (mount vernon area of Alexandria, va)

  55. Yvette says:

    They’re here in zip code 21227. They are still slow any easy pickings for the birds. The emerged at least 2 days ago. They are all over the front yard.

  56. DC Native says:

    Howard University, several dead, didn’t see any alive. I remember a big swarm in the 80’s HORRIBLE, like a horror movie, people, cars slipping and sliding, ewwww. Feels like a plague.

  57. Anna says:

    So I’m not sure if it happened over the weekend or started today, but I get to work (in Reston, VA)this morning I see at least 7 cicadas/empty shells in between my parking space and the front door. Which is about 30 steps or so. They weren’t here last Friday so they have to of shown up in the past couple days.

  58. Sharon Stiegler says:

    I live in Glen Burnie, Maryland and last night May 14, 2017 I went out to water the flowers and there were hundreds of them just crawling all over the ground and up my maple tree. I am 62 years old and have never seen so many of them in my lift time. I wish I could attach the video I took of them all over my tree. It was just simply amazing.

  59. Carrie B says:

    I saw one on my fence this morning in Stafford, VA 22554

  60. Dan says:

    Update #3: Cicada reports are coming in for areas outside the Brood VI area. In many cases these are stragglers. Read about Brood X stragglers.

  61. Ron says:

    Found several crawling in my yard this evening in Arlington, VA 22205.

  62. Mary says:

    Our back yard is full of them.😩We live in Arbutus, Baltimore County, Maryland.
    How long do they stay around?. Any ideas how to move them away from the living area?

  63. Andrea says:

    Mass emergence spotted in Baltimore, Maryland today!

  64. Andrea says:

    Mass eergence spotted in Baltimore, Maryland today!

  65. Cicadacruncher says:

    Many live cicadas still walking around Fairfax, VA

  66. Scott Schwartz says:

    We have a bunch here in Reston, Virginia too, but they don’t look like they are surviving the cold (50 degree temp) and rain.

  67. Yvette says:

    Thank God! I thought we were the only home in the DC Metro area being swarmed with cicadas prematurely. They seem to be all over the porch of our colonial home in zip code 20748. While some are excited to see them, I am mortified of all things creepy/crawly and flying! Why are they here already, it hasn’t been 17 years?

  68. Dan says:

    Update #2: more sightings have appeared on the the live map on Magicicada.org. Go Outside Girl has posted videos and pictures on Facebook on 4/23.

  69. Lindsey says:

    Had a ton of cicadas in our yard this morning. Arlington, VA

  70. chuck says:

    oodles of cicadas emerging from the earth on wednesday evening (may 10) in my arlington, va, neighborhood, before today’s rain.

  71. WFY says:

    I was surprised to learn we had cicadas here in Alexandria, Va. this morning. My web site link features a photo of freshly molted cicada. What brood is it?

    1. Dan says:

      Very cool. They appear to be stragglers from Brood X, meaning they’re part of a group set to emerge in 2021, but they’ve emerged 4 years early.

  72. I’ve seen several exoskeletons in my yard. I’m hoping that it stays cool because I dread them.

  73. Rachel says:

    Alexandria, VA, Fairfax County checking in! We had several emerge in our back yard today. Looking forward to the singing!

  74. Peggy Brooks says:

    My husband noticed a single individual emerging today, May 8, 2017 in southwestern Indiana, Spencer County, 18 miles north of the Ohio River. Our last major emergence was, indeed, 2004.

  75. Michele says:

    Just saw several out in our yard. Found this website in researching what type of cicadas these were. We’re in Burke, Virginia, Fairfax County. They’re quiet for now!

  76. Rebecca says:

    IM SO EXCITED!!! I was just able to convince my parents to go to South Carolina on the weekend on May 20 and the 21st. Do you think they will still be emerging in and around Morganton by then?

    1. Dan says:

      It’s Morganton, North Carolina, and they’re currently out and probably singing. http://magicicada.org/databases/magicicada/map.html

      Map

      1. Rebecca says:

        It’s supposed to get cooler there this week so they may be delayed for the ones that have not emerged yet correct?

  77. Aprill says:

    Last night I saw what appeared to be hundreds of them in my yard in South Asheville. They were all over the ground beneath some trees and climbing onto everything in sight.

  78. Lots of Magicicadas in Marion NC today. Near Ashworth Loop , close to Interstate 40. May 3!

  79. Jason Reynolds says:

    Very loud in Boomer,NC. We are about halfway between Wilkesboro and Lenior.

  80. Katri wilson says:

    millions on my land. sound is incredibly loud. marion nc

  81. Hans Holbrook says:

    I found and photographed one in my yard today. It had just emerged. I saved the exuvia. I live in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

    1. Gloria says:

      I started seeing the little hole in my yard a week ago. Today I went out and there several more holes. Saw the cicadas and where some had shed their skin. In my back and front yard.

  82. Gary Willis says:

    Please note that the main city in Burke county North Carolina is Morganton not Morgantown. There is no W in our city’s name. Thought I would let you guys know thanks.

  83. Fynne F says:

    Cicadas for about five days, Burke County, Southpointe subdivision, Lake James, Morganton NC

    1. Dan says:

      Please use this form http://magicicada.org/report/report.php to report to Magicicada.org so they can add it to their map http://magicicada.org/databases/magicicada/map.html

  84. Crystal says:

    Burke NC, they are all over our yard singing and flying around!

    1. Dan says:

      Please use this form http://magicicada.org/report/report.php to report to Magicicada.org so they can add it to their map http://magicicada.org/databases/magicicada/map.html

  85. Dan says:

    Update #1: the first report of the emergence was in Asheville, North Carolina on 4/16. See the live map on Magicicada.org.

  86. Rebecca says:

    Can there be Brood 2 stragglers this year?

    1. Dan says:

      @Rebecca, yes. A 4 year later straggler, is almost as likely as a 4 year early straggler/precursor. http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/what-are-stragglers/

      1. Rebecca says:

        Thank you for responding! I’m gonna check where they were in swarms four years ago!

  87. Anna says:

    Hello, I live in Baltimore, and I was wondering where exactly are stragglers of brood x expected this year? Are there any parks or recreational areas that you might know will have them next month?

    1. Dan says:

      @Anna. I’m not sure exactly where, but if you look at these comments from 2004, you might get some clues:
      http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/category/broods/brood-x/page/2/

      Also, because stragglers do not arrive in massive numbers, it’s easiest to find them once they’ve started singing. The best bet is to locate a park or neighborhood where they were plentiful 13 years ago, and then look/listen for them there.

      1. John says:

        Very helpful advice thanks!

  88. John says:

    Hey Dan, I saw a video online of them emerging in Arlington VA in 2000. This means that they will most likely be there this spring (17 years later) correct?

    1. Dan says:

      It’s possible.

      They might have Brood X stragglers (Brood X is due in Arlington in 2021). Stragglers are periodical cicadas that emerge sooner or later than expected.

      In any case, I would expect some periodical cicadas to emerge in Arlington County this year.

      1. John says:

        We live in Fslld Church, Virginia just west of Arlington and about 10 miles west of Washington, DC. I saw a half dozen crawling on the sidewalks tonight when I was taking the dog for a walk. Oh, goody.

  89. John says:

    Does the map suggest South Amboy NJ which is in Middlesex County will experience a periodical cicada emergence this year? I got so excited when I saw MIDDLESEX COUNTY! Just wondering thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t think so. I think our best bet for New Jersey this year will be some Brood X straglers in Princeton. But keep looking out and listening.

  90. Chris Terrell says:

    With all the 70 degree weather in NC right now, they must think it’s time to emerge….singing loudly today!

    1. Dan says:

      So some actually emerged in your area?

  91. Cameron says:

    So this means that some of brood x stragglers possibly can emerge in New Jersey in May?

    1. Dan says:

      Yes. Princeton is the best place to look for them.

  92. Elias says:

    Outstanding article. Thank you!

  93. Dan says:

    Yes! This article is up early. :)

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