Brood IV will next emerge in the year 2032.
This page was last updated in 2015.
The most popular question is “how long will the cicadas last“. They’ll last as long as it takes for them to mate and run our of energy. They translates to about 4 weeks of singing. Good weather — dry, calm, and in the 80s — helps them finish their business quicker.
Here is a video that will show you how to identify the various species:
Brood IV, the Kansan brood, will emerge in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, in the spring of 2015.
The cicada species that will emerge are Magicicada cassinii (Fisher, 1852), Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758), and Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. These periodical cicadas have a 17-year life cycle. The last time they emerged was 1998.
Here is a list of the Counties where Brood IV periodical cicadas have appeared in the past. The data comes from the Cicada Central Magicicada Database. The bolded counties are the ones Cicada Central has specimens for, indicating that they’re more of a sure thing.
Iowa: Adair, Adams, Cass, Dallas, Fremont, Johnson, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, and Taylor
Kansas: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte
Missouri: Atchison, Barton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Ray, Saline, Vern, and Worth
Nebraska: Cass, Douglas, Johnson, Nemaha, and Sarpy
Oklahoma: Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Garvin, Grady, Lawton, Mayes, McCurtain, Muskogee, Noble, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Stephens, Tulsa, and Washington
Texas: Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Wise
Learn more about Brood IV:
- Read more about Brood IV on Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org) and see their map of Brood IV (which is as good as it gets).
- Learn more about Periodical Cicadas.
1907 Map from Marlatt, C.L.. 1907. The periodical cicada. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology.
There isn’t many cicadas her in Wana,Wv. I don’t know if the population will grow on the 4 week of having them? But I can’t wait until their gone, so I can ride my bike, go swimming, and if anybody else lives around here let me know how long they will last and how much you see them at your house?
Shawnee County, Kansas. We are seeing a great deal of “Pre-flagging” damage, where the small branches are weak in an egg-laying area, and break very easily. Some breakage started last night in a storm. This is visible on anything woody in our yard, spirea, viburnum, barberry, honeysuckle, lilacs, etc, trees of all sizes. OK, not our deck, they left it alone,I think.
Still many, many cassinii in Ashland, Nebraska area, a good number of decim and we think a few decula
Have one lonely one in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. Hope it finds a friend soon!
Are they still being seen in Nebraska? We want to come hear them if so. Thanks!!
Took my family to Platte River State Park in Cass County, NE on June 20. I second Tlk’s comment. We had to shout at each other to be heard. I had no idea this cicada party was going on until we got there and opened the car doors. Never heard anything like that before – truly amazing and I’m so glad we experienced it, though my kids didn’t care for the barrage of cicadas invading our picnic lunch, landing on their clothes, hair, etc.
They arrived in early June in rural Nemaha County, between Auburn and Nebraska City. We are on 67 acres with a creek running through it, heavily wooded. Would guess hundreds of thousands. Some days we cannot have a conversation outside. Have seen a few Cicada wasps but not many.
We were at Platte River State Park yesterday, Cass County, NE (6/16/2015) and the sound was deafening. Couldn’t even carry on a normal tone conversation outside! Thousands of them everywhere!
We have thousands upon thousands at Beaver Lake in Cass County, Nebraska near Plattsmouth. Birds are feasting, kids are using them as fishing bait. We first heard them sing 9 days ago. They were quite loud this past weekend. I will miss them when they are gone but won’t miss all the dead bodies that are around.
Twin Oaks WMA 2 miles SE of Tecumseh, NE in Johnson County. Millions I’m guessing. June 13th. Farther west than I expected a Periodic cicada.
We have 50 in our tree out front of our house. We’re also close to a nature preserve, so we have to turn our television up to hear it. They came out about a week ago and haven’t quieted down yet. The birds are feeding well and we have lots of pieces on our front steps.
Winfield Cowley county, Kansas they are thick!!!! Mostly west of the Walnut river. Thousands actually moving the tree tops.
Thousands here in southern Leavenworth county, Kansas.
Noticed cicadas in my area today.June 2015 Ottawa County in Kansas. Numerous and loud.
They are everywhere. We live in Sarpy county by the Platte river. Sooo loud. As loud as the mower. Lol.
We have millions of them in Wyandotte, Kansas. Can’t walk outside without getting bombed by them. My dog stopped eating her dog food I finally realized she was eating them and was acting like a nervous wreck from the sound. The mating call is so loud and strong it’s putting me in the mood! Haha!
I live in Topeka, Ks. Shawnee county. They are very heavy on the far east side of town and on the far west. I’m centrally located and did not hear any in my yard until the last few days so they are spreading. But the edges of town and my parents south of here in Osage county Ks are being swarmed with them. I am terrified of them and can’t wait for them to go away! We’ve had large amounts of rain the last few weeks. Will this prolong their life or make them die sooner? I’ve read they need dry, hot conditions to mate and expend their energy. But it seems the rain makes them still and quiet which I prefer!
Our yard in Lenexa has thousands of them. A problem for new puppy!
Have seen about a dozen in our yard today (6-12) south of Verdon, Nebraska in Richardson county.
We were at the Bonner Springs Walmart yesterday and there were piles of them being swept up in their landscaping department. The sound outside was very loud.
We have plenty at our home in Western Shawnee.
I live in Atchison Ks and they are everywhere. One flies into me every time I leave my house.
Ditto to Althea’s statement. S.e. Jefferson County tho. Loud as S***!! 🙂 Chickens and dogs are FEASTING tho! 😀
Things are calming down here in Kay County OK, still have some screaming but tolerable lol Our yard has thousands of holes in it from them though ! I enjoy hearing the green ones sing during the summer but the red ones I can live without.
I live in Johnson County, KS and can hardly walk outside without stepping on one. Quite an increase in number the last week or so. The birds are having a cicada buffet.
We are in Northern Jefferson County, Kansas, just north of Valley Falls and we have had “thousands” in our yard. They began hatching the end of May and it looked like something out of a science fiction movie! We’ve been here over 30 years and never seen anything close to this… the thousands of exoskeletons covered the pavement and yard like a hailstorm had occured. Our dogs feasted for days! This year is far more prolific than in ’98. I’ll be glad when I can hear again outside!
All u complainers out there, let me tell u something. I moved to Portland Oregon in 2002 and there’s nothing I miss more than those sounds of summer. There’s not even real summer here. And everyone sucks, including the bugs.so go enjoy those cicadas that I’ll probably never hear again.I want nothing more than to be in the midst of all those empty moltings and that deafening sound of good real summer.
There are 32 species of cicadas in Oregon, but none of them emerge in the same numbers as Magicicada https://www.cicadamania.com/genera/usa.php?category=A&q=&qs=OR
They are everywhere here in Manhattan, Riley County, KS. How long will they be here? I am ready for them to go…!
Many flew at me while mowing in northern Shawnee county.
I’m used to the green ones, but these red one look mean!
Hit over 50 on my commute home from Topeka to Auburn, KS last night. Hundreds of them flew from the grass at me as I was mowing last evening. After dinner, sitting on the deck, they were buzzing non stop.
Tons of them, everything is covered with them and whatever is dripping from them =/ my husbands truck is covered in something(nasty), go to work and right into the house as soon as I get home very annoying sound… in Everest in Brown County, Ks
We have so many here at our place in Neosho Falls Kansas that it’s deafing to go outside.
Come to my house in Bonner Springs. There is so many, they sing all night long, you can sit on my porch and they will fly on you and fly into you lol the sound is amazing though!
We’re in SE Shawnee County (just north of the Wakarusa) and they’re thick as thieves on our property. We have thousands of them in our trees and they’re quite deafening! Watch your pups, because 3 of our 4 have gotten very sick from eating them (one had to be on antibiotics for a week).
Previous comment is from about 3 miles West of Augusta in Butler County, KS.
Have thousands in our trees here in Butler Co. They’ve been here for about a week. Very LOUD!!
We live in Pottawatomi County in Kansas and have literally thousands of Cicadas. It is driving our pets and us crazy in the early evenings. It truly seems like a Biblical plague. I have witnessed this cycle before but this seems extremely worse than previous accounts.
More than I can count in Manhattan, KS.
There are millions of them in our tree canopy in Platte Co. MO. We measured the noise level on our deck at 82 decibels at noon and they are much louder now.
They are finally starting to die here by my house in Kay County Ok, only about half as loud as they have been the last several weeks. Have to open the door to hear them now, used to I could hear them in the house with fan, ac and tv on lol Such a relief ! I like my quiet out here in the country !
We’ve got millions of them in our yard in piper/legends area of kansas city, kansas.
The Magicicada has been here in Shawnee County for several weeks, but they only began singing en force two days ago (June 6). My, they are LOUD! We live right by the Wakarusa River, so the trees are loaded with them.
Eureka Kansas, Greenwood County. My house is covered in these little guys. I love their singing. But they r driving me nuts. They are everywhere. If we go under trees to check pasture our 4wheelers scare them up n the trees come alive. So thick they r even getting in the house. Down the road a few miles there are hundreds dead under some trees… it smells horrible. Dont know why so many are dead in one spot but its bad
They are covering our fruit trees in the orchard and have been here for a couple of days. We find their shells and pieces of their wings all over the ground. Brightly colored and very loud – Osage County, Kansas.
We have swarms of the in our yard in Shawnee County, KS! The are so loud it gave me a head ache!
We have hundreds on our property in northern Cass County, Missouri. (South of Peculiar, Mo.)
They are singing in full swing @ Waubonsie Park in Fremont County Iowa.
We have swarms of them on our property in Shawnee County Kansas.
There are millions of them in my yard in south most sarpy county Nebraska.
There is literally hundreds of them on my property in jackson county! I cant wait until they are gone
I love about 20 minutes south of topeka kansas out in the country and my whole yeard is covered in them. I can’t walk outside withoit crunching some. My ears feel li me they are about to burst when I walk outside.
We live in Mapleton Ks and all you can hear is cicada song!
I sure hope they go away soon, they are causing the leaves on my 60 yr old pear tree to die !
Add Elk County KS to the list. We have LOTS!!
We have thousands of them in Kay County in Oklahoma ! Their all over everything ! And their screaming drives me insane all day. lol When will they go away ??!!
In about 4 weeks?
Hundreds of them in our yard and a lot fo exoskeletons on trees, driveway, fence, etc. Wellington, KS.
There are thousands on my 18 acres 8 miles south of Topeka. The noise last night was deafening and goes on 24 hours a day. Since I am 75 years old, this may very well be by last cycle.
Yes. They are here in Yopeka, Ks. So loud from 4:00-7:30.
Yeah I have like hundreds of them on my house and alot of exoskeletons just on my yard
Had hundreds of them emerge last night in NE Oklahoma. Very cool.
in Jefferson County, Kansas
We heard a few on Sunday, May 31st. Today (6/2/2015) there are thousands of vacant shells on the pear tree and live adults if you look closely in the branches.
Our woods are full of them in Northwestern Leavenworth County.
The woods are deafening.
New Cambria in Saline county, Kansas. Thousands have emerged since 5/30/2015. Finally noticed singing today (6/1/15)
Saw lots in northern Shawnee County, Topeka, KS.
We live in Leavenworth county in Kansas and have them.
We do not have a single one is Cass county. But only a few miles away in Jackson they are abundant.
Just found a bunch at Platte River State Park (Cass County Nebraska). Looks like they haven’t been out long, moving slow & not singing yet.
All around my property close to Parker, KS in Linn Co.
sighted hundreds this am 5-30-15 in Richardson county Nebraska south of Dawson, NE about 5 miles.
They are in Franklin County kansas, found one today and have a picture to prove it. Email me if you want it
North topeka ks , lots on my front door and porch when i walked out one day
There’s hundreds in Hand Park in Derby, KS. Sedgwick County.
They are everywhere in Johnson County, MO.
visiting my dad and noticed thousands of them in his back yard. Took so many pics because i have never seen these kind of Cicadas. Blew my mind lol
I see them at work in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas today, but not in midtown Kansas City, Jackson County, MO yesterday. What’s up?
They don’t appear everywhere — typically their coverage, like a poor cellphone carrier — is spotty. In heavily urbanized areas, where concrete has replaced forests — there will naturally be less of them or none at all.
Hundreds at least on our property in northern Franklin County, KS.
In Platte City, Platte County Missouri, they emerged yesterday morning. There were thousands of them on our pin oaks. They covered the trunks of the trees and were up in the trees and out on the limbs as far as you could see. A lot of them are deformed. There are piles of them under the trees. It does not appear that many of them will live.
We have three lots in a small town (Baldwin City) and there are more here this year than in any of the previous three cycles. The abundant numbers give me some concern as I may need to remove my bonsai trees until they are gone.
Spotted them yesterday on my home. Love their red eyes. Riverside, Missouri. Platte county.
More in the back yard. They seem to be attracted to my pear tree. I have been knocking and/or washing them off of trees and branches. I find myself crushing them with my feet.i like the crushing sound.
They are heavy in Lake of the Forest (Bonner Springs). Especially on the north end.
I’m in Kansas City, Jackson County, MO. They are all over my iris’s and daylilies today. I was amazed at the number of them.
We have many thousands erupting at our property, just northwest of Topeka, Shawnee County, KS.
I have seen ‘hundreds’? of cicadas & shells in my yard. Have never seen so many on my flowering plants. We were gone for nine days & just returned this AM. (05/24/15). Had not noticed any prior to leaving.
Hundredes sounds correct. Some areas can have as many as a million per acre.
We have more than you can count in platte county mo.
We have tons of them here in our yard in Platte City, MO. Platte County.
They’re in southern Leavenworth County full force this morning.
Hundreds on my porch south Leavenworth. Chickens and dog are feasting.
There have been two “soundings” in my back yard this past week. I’m in Johnson County, KS.
I have about 30 of them on my porch right now in Olathe KS
My son-in-law said he found some in northern Leavenworth County, Kansas today. My other daughter said her chickens found some in southern Leavenworth County, Kansas. Thought you’d like to know. ðŸ˜Š