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December 31, 2022

2023 Cicada Forecast

Filed under: Brood XXII | Cicada Mania — Dan @ 10:34 am

This is the Cicada Forecast for 2023.

Happy New Year!

Periodical cicadas: No periodical cicadas in the United States, India, or Fiji are expected to emerge in 2023.

There is a chance of Brood XXII Magicicada stragglers emerging 4 years early in parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Read the paper Evolution and Geographic Extent of a Surprising Northern Disjunct Population of 13-Year Cicada Brood XXII (Hemiptera: Cicadidae, Magicicada). Spurious (small, unmapped) broods of Magicicada are possible.

Protoperiodical cicadas: Emergences of protoperiodical cicadas depend on multiple factors including species, location, and cumulative rainfall. Protoperiodical species belonging to the genera Okanagana and Platypedia have years of great abundance but are not as predictable as Periodical cicadas like Magciciada. We can’t say exactly when they’ll emerge in your location.

Scientists like Tim McNary track Platypedia putnami looking for a pattern in their emergences. Certain Okanagana emerge depending on factors like proximity to other species and rainfall accumulations (read Chatfield-Taylor 2020).

Both Periodical and Protoperiodical lifecycles appear to help these cicadas avoid total consumption by above-ground predators by overwhelming them in great numbers (too many to eat them all, so some always survive).

Annual cicadas: Most cicadas appear annually, so we expect most cicadas that emerged in 2022 to emerge in 2023.

We can expect to see Cacama, Diceroprocta, Hadoa, Megatibicen, Neocicada, Neotibicen, and Quesada in North Amercia. Europe can expect Cicada orni, Lyristes, and Many other species. Japan can expect Auritibicen, Hyalessa, and many other species.

Countries in the southern hemisphere experience cicada-friendly weather September-March, so most locations in South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand that experience cicadas are in the midst of their cicada seasons at the start of 2023. Keep an eye on the latest cicada observations on iNaturalist.

While there are highs and lows in abundance, at least some annual emerge every year. Looking at how often people in Australia search for cicadas & cicada gives us a hint at how abundant cicadas are each year. Do you see a pattern?

Google Trends searches for Cicada & Cicadas in Australia:
Australia Data from 2012 to 2022

The future of cicadas on Earth: with each year the number of cicadas grows less and less. Cutting forests for giant warehouses, new neighborhoods, and even solar farms destroys cicada habitat. Spraying pesticides for invasive and nuisance insects eliminates cicadas as well as less desirable insects. Splitting woodland and meadows with new roads sub-divides cicada habitats and reduces their chance to meet and reproduce. If you see and hear fewer cicadas with each passing year, you know why.


  1. Brit says:

    On Monday May 29th 2023 I found a few emerged cicadas. They are black with red eyes. Found in Calamus, Iowa.

    1. Dan says:

      Cool! That’s a member of Brood XIII that emerged early. Get really for a whole lot more next year!

  2. Drath says:

    We just had some spring up today! Jacksonville FL. (5/29/23) Found a little guy fresh out of the shell last night on my back porch.

    1. Dan says:

      I wonder what type it was. Here is a list: Cicadas of FLORIDA

  3. Megosaurus says:

    It is May 22, at 8:24 pm in southeast Texas, the Houston area. I’m hearing the first cicadas of the year tonight!! I got so excited, I wanted to tell someone.

  4. Ralph says:

    Nashville, TN I got shells of them all up the outside of my apartment building. They were here in 1998, 2011, and looks like the exact same thing from then. Love these little guys.

  5. michael James says:

    Here in Madison,TN 37115,we are seeing a hatch of some type of periodic cidadas.Very small,hardly more than half an inch long. Periods of on and off rain for several days has brought them out. Just observed more than a dozen on plants by the front porch,some still not yet hatched. Any ideas what brood they might be?

    1. Dan says:

      Sounds like a Magicicada from Brood XIX that emerged a year early, based on the location.

  6. Anna says:

    * by one I meant a periodical cicada. Black body, red eyes, orange outlined wings. Super cool.

    1. Dan says:

      Cool. Looks like you found an early emerging cicada from Brood XIX.

  7. Anna says:

    My kids just found one in northern Georgia.

  8. Will Saunders says:

    I just caught photographed and released one of the little small black red eyed ones like emerged in ABUNDANCE here in Middle TN in 1994. Today is May 8th 2023

  9. chelsea says:

    I know this says no cicadas for NJ this year – but I’m still holding out hope! Love the sound. Happy Earth Day! <3

    1. Dan says:

      Well, there’s plenty of annual cicadas to look for. There’s just less of them.

  10. Cameron says:

    I heard one time that Brood XIV is shrinking significantly. And that long past records used to have the brood in southern NJ. I heard it’s not the case anymore. I’m so curious to know if there were any in southern NJ in 2008…

    1. Dan says:

      Great question! As you know, I’m in New Jersey, but I missed Brood XIV because I went to Ohio instead.

      That said, Chris Simon found some in 1988 in a few locations in South Jersey. They still might be there, but probably not in great abundance. I don’t think anyone found them in 2008. I will look for them if I’m still in Jersey 2 years from now.

  11. Cameron says:

    I heard one time that Brood XIV is shrinking significantly. And that long past records used to have the brood in southern NJ. I heard it’s not the case anymore. I’m so curious to know if there were any in southern NJ in 2008…

  12. Deb Seabeck says:

    Living in Norton Ohio and today (April 10th) heard my first cicadas – how long will this last? Finally rid of tree frog concerts – now cicadas! Noise like that is not appreciated by hearing aid wearers. What is my forecast for cicada noise? Thank you for your input. This is new to me!

    1. Dan says:

      Too early for cicadas. They’re probably another species of frog. It’s too cold and the leaves on the trees aren’t out yet.

      1. Kelly C says:

        How early is too early for them in Southern Maryland? I think I’m listening to them outside my windows in the tree tonight right now. Never heard this noise before tonight. It’s so annoying. They weren’t there last night and now my peaceful evening has been interrupted by this horrible screeching(that’s the only thing I can think of to describe it, besides maybe a high frequency buzz from hell) lol. I’ve heard them before in large quantities from afar. Just not up close. Does this mean they are in this tree? Yikes! ????????????

        1. Dan says:

          Southern Maryland. Next year 2024 Brood XIX will be in the St. Inigoes area. in 2025, Brood XIV will be in the Hancock area, which I guess is more west than south.

  13. Will they eat my plants or snakes?

    1. Dan says:

      No to both, but they’ll drink sap from the roots of your plants like a milkshake.

  14. Toad Underhill says:

    I live in Atlanta Georgia USA, where we are experiencing record high temperatures this winter (as is to be expected given carbon emissions and global heating). Flowers are now blooming and insects emerging at least a month early, if not six weeks in some cases, and all at once, in an eerie profusion. Tonight it all reached an even more frightening level when I heard the year’s first annual cicada. My jaw dropped and I froze. It is still winter. We don’t usually expect cicadas to really start up here until around June.

    The living things and weather around us give us so many signs that the earth’s balance and rhythm is wildly thrown, it is easy to get numb. But winter cicadas – that got me. I love cicadas, gorgeous emblems of summer, but they’re not meant to be singing here yet. Our seasons are scrambled. I am so full of anger and despair. And the only thing I can think to do is to state WE HAVE WINTER CICADAS IN ATLANTA NOW for the record here, at the cicada website.

    Fellow cicada lovers: are you hearing your annual cicadas way out of season too?

    1. Dan says:

      Depends on the host plant. If the tree has leaves, cicadas will follow.

    2. Kris Kaven says:

      Thats crazy, Im expecting the same here in central Texas soon

  15. Zain Al-Shemmeri says:

    Once the summer arrives I will be on the lookout for cicadas. Hope I find a linnei!

    1. Coleman says:

      Me too, the apparently live in my state, but I’ve never seen or heard one, so I’m unsure.

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