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January 26, 2019

Brood VIII will emerge in 2019 in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia

Filed under: Brood VIII,Magicicada,Periodical — Dan @ 8:01 am

Periodical cicada Brood VIII (Eight) will emerge in 2019 in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the tip of the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The last time this brood emerged was in 2002.

What, when, where, and why:


  • Millions of these: Magicicada septendecim Brood VII 2018 09
  • Cicada insects with a 17-year life cycle.
  • Some people call them “locusts” but they’re really cicadas.
  • Which species: All three 17-year species, Magicicada septendecim, Magicicada cassini and Magicicada septendecula. How to tell the difference between the species.
  • NOT the green ones that arrive annually.

When: Typically beginning in mid-May and ending in late June. These cicadas will begin to emerge approximately when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence.


  • has the most up to date maps, including this modernized Google map
  • Report sightings to:
  • Pennsylvania Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Lawrence, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland.
  • Pennsylvania Cities: Apollo, Baden, Beaver, Burgettstown, Center Township, Cheswick, Chippewa, Cranberry, Economy Boro, Ellwood City, Fawn Township, Finnleyville, Freedom, Gilpin, Greensburg, Harmony, Hopewell, Indiana, Midland, Natrona Heights, New Brighton, Pittsburgh, Robinson Township, Rochester, Sewickley, Shelocta, West Deer, and more.
  • Ohio Counties: Columbiana, Mahoning. Trumbull, Ashtabula.
  • Ohio Cities: Boardman, East Liverpool, Lisbon, Mineral Ridge, Toronto, Wellsville, Youngstown, and more.
  • West Virginia Counties: Hancock
  • West Virginia Cities: Weirton, and more.
  • County data is from the Cicada Central Periodical Cicada Record Database and Periodical Cicadass, the Plaugue and the Puzzle by Gene Kritsky. Cities come from 2002 reports.

🔥 Public places good for tourists include Keystone State Park, PA and Tomlinson Run State Park, WV.
🔥 Brood VIII does overlap with Brood V (which emerged 3 years ago). Most of Brood VIII is east of V.

Why: Why do they emerge in massive numbers every 17-years? In a nutshell, the long life cycle has helped them avoid gaining a specific above-ground predator, and the massive numbers allow them to satiate predators in general, allowing enough to survive and reproduce.

Bonus content:

Video of newly emerged periodical cicada nymphs:

Magicicada cicada nymph mania from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

More facts and fun:


  1. Kristina says:

    Will Brood VIII be as large as brood v in the city of Washington

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t know. We’ll have to see.

  2. Kristina says:

    What about the city of Washington? We got a massive amount for Brood V…I don’t remember them in 2002?

    1. Dan says:

      @Kristina Based on this map it looks like Washington PA is in range.

  3. Hi Dan, we had loads of these in South Franklin Washington PA in 1999 and 2016. Will they be coming again?!?

  4. James scarfone says:

    My farm is in mcdonald pa. Will we get them?

    1. Dan says:

      Looks like it’s in range, but since it’s a farm, you’ve probably removed most of the trees, so you wouldn’t get them. Cicadas are parasites of trees.

  5. Tiffany says:

    We had the brood V in Toronto Ohio in 2016. Will we get the Cicadas again this year?

    1. Dan says:

      Maybe… the two broods are right next to each other. You might be just outside the range of VIII.

  6. Megan says:

    I live outside Washington a bit. We had millions just a few years ago. Do you think we will get this brood also? Near Wolfdale.

    1. Kristina says:

      Also curious???

  7. Lisa lewis says:

    Are cicadas expected this summer in Waynesburg Pa (Greene county)?

    1. Dan says:

      Waynesburg Pa might be too far south.

  8. Cameron says:

    Hi Dan. Sorry to bother you again, but do you think they will be in Butler Memorial Park in Butler PA?

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t know about that one.

  9. Cameron says:

    Hi Dan, are there any specific parks that they will be in this year in Southwestern Pennsylvania?

    1. Dan says:

      I’ll add some hotspots to the main article soon. Check back soon.

  10. Barbara says:

    Will they be any where near Franklin County in Ohio? Like in the Columbus area?

    1. Dan says:

      No. Too far west.

  11. Chris Simon says:

    Brood VIII is largely north of Pittsburg but we are interested in its southern boundary so please report especially in this area. Brood V appeared in Washington Co. PA three years ago e.g,, Driving along PA 136 Loud Magicicada cassini all along with Magicicada septendecim loud in spots. E.g., at Preston Rd. Golf course with shorter trees along 136 9 miles east of College St. in Washington PA. And the cicadas were especially heavy in Washington Park.

  12. Tammy says:

    We had tons of them 2 years ago in Fayette county, Pa. We aren’t getting them again are we?

  13. Erik says:

    Will the city of Washington pa have cicadas. We didn’t get them 17 years ago.

    1. Dan says:

      If you didn’t get them last time, you won’t get them this time.

    2. Tamara Gorby says:

      Oh yes we did get them last time in Washington pa. TONS of them !

      1. Erik says:

        What year was this. We got them in 99 and 2016

        1. Dan says:

          Brood V

          1999 & 2016 was Brood V which is just west of Brood VIII.

          1. Erik says:

            I think she was confused on the year. I think she meant the 2016 cicadas. We got a bunch then, and in 1999. However we didn’t get any in 2002.

  14. Kristy Terling says:

    Will they be in Houston Pa in southern part of Washington County?

    1. Dan says:

      It’s with the realm of possibility according to the maps.

  15. Robert says:

    Is Hamilton County in southern Ohio safe?

    1. Dan says:

      @Robert, yes. Hamilton will get some Brood X in 2021, and the next BIG one will be XIV in 2025.

  16. Barb says:

    Will they be in Peters Township Pa Washington County

    1. Dan says:

      @Barb, I think its a safe bet Peters Township will get some cicadas.

    2. Jen says:

      Will they be just north of Pittsburgh, PA (Wexford area)? I do not remember these from 2002, so could that be an indicator that they may not be as prevalent where I live?

      1. Dan says:

        They will be in some areas. Their locations are often “patchy” meaning they don’t appear everywhere, limited to small areas within a town. But, if they didn’t appear someplace last time, chances are they won’t appear there this time.

      2. Angie Smith says:

        Jen I lived in Butler county, PA in 2002 we had swarms of them. I only remember because that was the year my mom passed away and I picked them up to scare her. She hated them 😂

  17. Barb says:

    What about Salem Ohio?

    1. Dan says:

      Maybe… it’s a little on the west side of things, but keep a lookout for them.

  18. Juke Joint Jimmy says:

    I can’t wait. They really do taste like peanut butter.

    1. Tamara Gorby says:

      Too many joints there jimmy !!

  19. Laurel says:

    How about Steubenville, Ohio?

    1. Dan says:

      @Laurel Looks like Steubenville, Ohio is in range.

  20. Theresa says:

    They have emerged in Severna Park, Maryland in my yard!

  21. Lyn says:

    Will there be mass numbers of cicada in the Lower Burrell, PA (Westmoreland County of PA) this summer?

    1. Dan says:

      @Lyn, Lower Burrell is in range for this brood. There might not be massive numbers like other places, but it is in range.

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