17 year cicadas are
about to emerge are currently emerging in New Jersey. I asked cicada super-expert Chris Simon of The Simon Lab at the University of Connecticut for some specifics. The information below is based on Dr. Simon’s notes.
Historically Brood II periodical cicadas have appeared in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hunterdon (in the east), Middlesex, Monmouth (“Slight in eastern part”), Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties. Also, you can keep an eye on where cicadas are emerging in New Jersey (and report your own sightings) on Magicicada.org, which has a live map of the emergence.
I’m personally very interested in periodical cicada sightings in Monmouth county — let us know if you spot any there.
Here are some specifics (don’t be dismayed if your town isn’t on the list — they still might appear in your town):
- Alpine (Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary)
- Ft. Lee
- Wyckoff (near Lucine Lorrimer Sanctuary)
- Cedar Grove
- Essex Fells
- Millburn (South Mountain Reservation)
- North Caldwell
- Short Hills (confirmed in 2013 already)
- Upper Montclair
- West Orange
- Edison (confirmed for 2013 – lots of exit holes near the Edison Monument).
- Iselin (visually confirmed for 2013)
- Metuchen (confirmed in 2013 already)
- Perth Amboy
Mostly north of the Raritan River
- West Milford
- Bedminster (Pluckemin section)
- Belle Mead
- Bound Brook
- Far Hills
- Rocky Hill
- Summit (Confirmed – see a video)
- Westfield (Confirmed for 2013)
- Port Murray
Looking at the weather reports, Tuesday the 21st should be a great day to observe the emergence:
BTW, what better way to celebrate Brood II in New Jersey like a Brood II tank top: