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April 18, 2020

Brood IX (9) will emerge in 2020 in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

Filed under: Brood IX,Magicicada,Periodical — Dan @ 1:03 am

Periodical cicada Brood IX (9) will emerge in the spring of 2020 in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The last time this brood emerged was in 2003.

Update (6/1): Virginia Tech is running a cicada photo contest! Facebook, Twitter.

Researchers need your help! If you see a cicada, please report it using the Cicada Safari App 📱, available for Android and Apple phones.

Brood IX is interesting to researchers because it’s located very close to 5 other broods. In a normal year, researchers would be able to drive the roads of the area and map the location of the brood so we can get data as to where the broods intersect, but because of the current situation in the U.S., most if not all researchers will be able to travel — so we need you to let us know where they’re at. Read more on Magicicada.org.

What, when, where, and why:

What:

Adult, Nymph, Molting Cicada

  • 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 (Heath, 1968). A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence.

Other tips: these cicadas will emerge after the trees have grown leaves, and, by my own observation, around the same time Iris flowers bloom.

🗺️ 🇺🇸 Where:

  • Virginia municipalities: Blacksburg, Bland, Callands, Christiansburg, Covington, Dry Pond, Ferrum, Martinsville, Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, and more.
  • Virginia counties: Allegheny, Bland, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke.
  • North Carolina municipalities: Chestnut Hill, Ennice, Francisco, Hays, Kernersville, McGrady, Millers Creek, Mt Airy, North Wilkesboro, Purlear, Thurmond, Westfield, and more.
  • North Carolina counties: Ashe, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes.
  • West Virginia municipalities: Camp Creek , Elmhurst, Hinton, Jumping Branch, Spanishburg, and more.
  • West Virginia counties: Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas, Summers.

A quick tip using data from the Cicada Safari app team:

Cicadas in the north-west areas are Brood IX (red). Cicadas south & east of that area (purple) are Brood XIX emerging early.

Maps, Apps, and Tips:

Why: Why do they stay underground for 17-years? The prevailing research suggests they’ve evolved a long, 17-year lifecycle to avoid predators that can sync up with their lifecycle & emergence. Why are there so many?! Research suggests that their huge numbers allow them to overwhelm predators, so enough of them will live on to breed and perpetuate the brood.

More facts and fun:

1907 Map from Marlatt, C.L.. 1907. The periodical cicada. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology.

The larger dots are valid. Tiny dots, no. See a modern map, or the Live Map from the Cicada Safari app.
Marlatt 1907 09 Brood IX

93 Comments »

  1. SHERRY SNYDER says:

    WOW!!!! The cicadas ‘singing’ is incredibly LOUD!!!! Sounds like the old 50’s movie ‘War of the World’s’ and the aliens have landed! When we are outside, we are practically yelling at each other.
    We are in Roaring River, Wilkes County, NC, surrounded by woods and the cicadas must LOVE it here. We’re loaded with ’em!!!

  2. Dan says:

    We went up to Levering Orchard in Virginia, about 15 min. out of Fancy Gap. Found empty nymph shells all over the trees and singing all over the mountain. Could still hear the chorus by the time we got back to Mt. Airy.

  3. Lauren says:

    We own property on the Wilkes County Surry county line and they have been out since Tuesday. Incredibly loud, on all the trees.

    1. K says:

      I live Asbury/Westfield, NC area. They are getting louder, so that tells me they are getting closer. My home is in Stokes County and about 3 miles from home is the Westfield Post Office (Surry county) 5/28/20–mid morning the building was covered with locust.

  4. Brian says:

    Brood IX have started in Piney Creek, NC. Alleghany county. They have been hatching the past week and have noticed their noise the last couple days.

  5. Matthew Tipton says:

    I haven’t seen these red cicadas in a long time. I usually see the large green ones later in the year. It is end of may and I found one in my pool yesterday,29th. Woke up this morning and found a small shell on the screen on my porch. I live in north Alabama. Is this normal I thought we had a few more years before they showed back up?

  6. nannette says:

    May 28, 2020 Grayson County VA Independence and Mouth of Wilson Area. They are here. How or what can we do to keep them from eating all our plants, trees, etc.?

    1. Dan says:

      @ nanette, they don’t actually eat the plants or trees. when they no cause damage, it happens when the females lay eggs in tree branches. Small trees are most effected — not hearty trees. The way most people protect against them is to put insect barrier tape around the tree trunk, or netting around the tree. Again, I’m talking about smaller, delicate trees like ornamental apples and cherry trees. Not massive oaks.

  7. R. G. Fuller says:

    Working near Branderwood subdivision off Buck Mountain Road (near rt. 220) in Roanoke County today. Woods adjoining it and the Blue Ridge Parkway we’re singing very loudly with the sounds of Brood 9. Heard a few of them in one other location (Salem) and have have seen a few here and there. Greater numbers are sure to be coming.

  8. CyberMage says:

    I noticed at the end of April that a couple of garbage bags full of lawn clipping, when moved after a few days, exposed holes and tunnels in the dirt underneath them. Apparently they were already active near the top of the ground as early as late April. We saw our first above ground around 5/15/20 and now the backyard is crunchy with them. This is Greenbrier county, WV

  9. Geni Carter says:

    I just saw one for the first time in Purlear 2 days ago.

  10. Judy says:

    In the White Plains area of Surry County N.C. these have been out for about 2 weeks now. The last time they were here, 17 years ago, we had so many they had an odor and we shoveled them up by the shovel fulls. Hope they are not that bad this year.

    1. Pat C says:

      I also live in the White Plains area, NC. I noticed tons of the husks in my yard last weekend and their sounds during the day are so loud. They are very intriguing to me. But I hope they don’t completely take over and ruin my plants..

  11. Jacqueline smith says:

    We live in Fieldale Virginia just outside of Martinsville and have cicadas everywhere! To the extent that it is creepy. The humming and high pitched squeal is getting louder each day. Not sure if it means there are more of them or they are getting closer to the house. We live on 65 acres mostly woods so have them all around us. I’d never seen or heard of them before and do find them a bit spooky to say the least.

    1. Dan says:

      Sounds like heaven. My lease is coming up at my New Jersey home, and I think I’ll move to Florida. Here’s a list of Florida cicadas.

  12. Samantha Barbee says:

    Wilkes county NC is waking up. The noise is constant and loud and I suspect just the tip of the Iceberg

  13. Leah says:

    I live in Indianapolis and was gardening this afternoon and I kept finding larvae very close to the surface. Since Indianapolis isn’t in the geographical range for this brood, I was wondering if someone might be able to tell me why I am seeing so many?

  14. Hello All,
    I am a filmmaker from Baltimore MD coming to Roanoke soon to document this phenomenon. Would love to connect with fellow Cicada enthusiasts.

    Here is some of our work: https://gardencreative.co

    my cinematography reel here: https://vimeo.com/415151472/3119fea7c6

    Would love to meet / talk to people who are interested / currently investigating the cicadas!

    1. Sabra says:

      Hey I live in Roanoke county and the cicadas are everywhere! Started finding hole in the ground out by the tree I put my dog out by. Now the critters are everywhere all different stages. Now there is a constant hum all around the woods and we’ve been trying to figure out where it’s coming from and what it is. Kids think it’s aliens haha, but I suspect it may be the cidadas!

  15. James M. Vail says:

    I remember seeing them a few years back. have not seen any in a long time here in Mississippi

  16. Patricia L Siringo says:

    I live 3 miles from the Virginia border in Stokes county, NC. Approx.10 miles from Westfield. We are experiencing Brood IX right now. It’s been about 9 days. The noise they make, just started yesterday. I had never seen them before. Very intrigued by them for sure. They sound like the hum of tires on asphalt on a hot day. A steady, high pitched hum.

  17. James says:

    Very cool indeed. I am 53 years old and I live in Tennessee now but i remember a long time ago living in Chicago in my early 20’s and these little guys came out. It was amazing and what a sight to see but also a huge nuisance. They got in everything! It was so loud people were going crazy. All of the animals were loving it. Just about everything eats these little Cicadas. Also your heading about being the most amazing insect in the world…well here in Tennessee our lightning bugs are the most unique and amazing in the world. They all light up at the same time here.

    1. Mills says:

      I live in Virginia now but lived just outside of Nashville in 2011 when the 13 year cicadas came out. I remember standing on my back deck listening to them buzz – so many together that it sounded in the distance like the whirr of a spaceship. And yes, the lighting bugs are awesome in TN. Also, at this moment I’m listening to the chirps of spring peeper frogs that came out after all the rain we’ve had this week.

  18. John D says:

    Read The Cicadas on Amazon by author Shawn Penning. I like the audio book. Fiction but interesting.

  19. Hilary says:

    We are in a new construction home site in Madison County NC been out getting a garden started and have come across many of these red/orange bodied guys underground as we dig up weeds…not above ground yet been chilly and wet

  20. Melody says:

    I have lived in Albuquerque for 38 years.

    We have cicadas EVERY year.

    1. Dan says:

      @Melody, that’s true, but not the periodical species. Here’s a list of the species found in New Mexico.

  21. todd wiseman says:

    worth the eon long 17 year wait , they are here in mason county WV !!! tens of thousands said to be buzzing in abandoned war bunker domes near point pleasant, WV,((MOTHMAN))red eyed cousin? HaHa noize is deafening !! I’ve see flying swarms as dark as dirty motor oil from a car, old Indian lore here says a fresh cycle of emerging locusts come before a massive earthquake, those big fault line rumors in south illinois keep ”buzzing”

  22. K D Gant says:

    Why is Texas not on the list? I can remember cicadas growing up in and around Victoria and Hallettsville. But they seemed constant. We even played with them so I know for a fact they were around. You can hear them during the summer in southeast Texas.

    1. Dan says:

      @K, Texas has Brood IV (4) which last emerged in 2015, and will emerge again in 2032. There’s other types of cicadas of course. Here’s a full list of cicadas in Texas.

  23. Frances martorano says:

    I live in Chicago and last week I was mowing the lawn and noticed all these holes in the lawn from your post this would not be the area but the description of the holes are the same
    One tree is a pine and the other is pear tree the holes are all over between the 2 trees

    1. Dan says:

      If some cicadas emerge, let us know. Chicago is in range for Brood XIII cicadas emerging 4 years early.

  24. Lisa says:

    I have a bush with several dozen husks on it, and many more on my house and in the tall grass. I think they are all hatching out in my yard in Franklin County Virginia, south of Cahas Mountain.

    1. Kaye Madden says:

      Lisa, we moved from Cahas Mt Rd about 6 years ago (2014). We remember the Cicada invasion very well. The noise was deafening!

  25. c. barney says:

    I have a lot of them on a new clearing in the Crossroads Church area of Dobson, NC. They started coming out last Friday.

  26. Roberta says:

    Been emerging out of front lawn for a week or so here in Thurmond, Wilkes County NC

  27. MAURY DUNCAN says:

    Saw my first one yesterday, May 18 , here in Craig County, Va. It was attached to my vehicle’s tire tread !

  28. Dianna Tilley says:

    I have seen several in Thurmond NC. Mostly in my garden. Where would I send a photo to when I see my next one?

  29. Gemmie Key says:

    They are in the Benham area of Wilkes County
    Love

  30. Jesse Webster says:

    Noticed them in my vineyard a few days ago and more numbers today. Seem to affect small multiple areas.

  31. Morgan says:

    We saw one in Nashville, TN this morning on our back patio. Took a picture and it is DEFINITELY this one. Odd that they are in middle TN, too.

  32. Lois Akers says:

    I am in Surry County near the VA line. We have noticed a large number of cicadas here in the past few days.

  33. Connor says:

    All over the place in Southern Roanoke County twords Floyd

  34. JB says:

    I heard my first ones today. I have not seen one yet, but the sound is unmistakable I am on Brown Mountain in Stokes County, NC I remember the 2003 emergence. It is too soon to compare.

  35. Nikole McGuire says:

    They are all over my yard in Mulberry in Wilkes County.

  36. Alli says:

    Started seeing them this week (May 11-17) Stokes County, NC, Sandy Ridge, along the NC-Va line. About 15 minutes south of Stuart Va.

  37. Margaret. Blankenship says:

    We have a lot if them around tree in front yard started seeing them about a week ago Bassett Vs Henry county

  38. Crystal Shew says:

    They are back in Hays, NC. (Wilkes Co). They are everywhere ioutside at our house but seem to love our Maple tree and the area around it the best. They seem to love my mosquito plant as well. We satb at our picnic table yesterday which is right under our Maple tree and they kept landing on us. I can remember when they were here in 2013.

    1. Diana Wroblewski says:

      I just found a tight grouping of 7 on my wooden porch rail today. My daughter discovered some while digging in her garden about a half mile away from my house. I don’t remember seeing or hearing them around here since I was a child, about 50 years ago (daughter and I live on our family’s farm of 240 acres).

      1. Diana Wroblewski says:

        Btw, we are in Cass County, Michigan, just a few miles north of St. Joseph County, Indiana.

  39. Will we have them in Randolph Co. NC this year? So far I haven’t seen or heard them

    1. Dan says:

      @Ellen, you might get some straggles from Brood XIX this year. That brood will be back in full force in 2024.

  40. Kim says:

    Swarming all over my yard, beginning around May 14th. Snow Creek(Franklin County, VA)

  41. Jenny says:

    Definitely hear in Roanoke, VA. Trying to get my garden in, and they’re all over the place. Now I’m afraid they’ll eat my crops.

  42. Lindsey says:

    Saw the first ones around my neighborhood May 14 in Figsboro, VA – Henry County

  43. Lydia says:

    The whole side of our house is covered in cicadas here in Callands, VA!

  44. Saw my first cicada on the lawn on May 15. Today, the 16th, they are everywhere!
    Jerry
    Mount Airy, NC

    1. Scaredy Cat says:

      OMG they ick me out so much!!! I know they were here (Greensboro NC) maybe 5 years ago!!! Why are they back so soon? And how long until they are gone? First it’s Covid, then Monster Hornets on the way…and now this??? You’ve got to be kidding me!!!!

  45. Gwen says:

    I just went out to my forsythia bush and found it covered in “bugs!” Looked them up online and found they are cicadas. We’re in Rocky Mount, VA.

  46. Kris inman says:

    May 16, 2020
    I woke up to these all over my porch this morning. We live in Dobson NC

  47. Chris Marshall says:

    I’ve been seeing them for about the last week in Durham, NC. It’s definitely these with the red eyes.

  48. Debbie Cannon says:

    Today May 13 2020 back yard full of these. They are out of the holes some are still hatching out into their new bodies. Afternoon they come out hundreds of them. Looking forward from them to leave. First year we planted garden. And they are everywhere. Wilkes County Hays NC

  49. Denise Fabian says:

    Headed to southern WV on Friday for a week and hoping to see some of Brood IX emerging but I know it has been cold there like in northeast Ohio…but know it will get warmer this coming week. What are my odds?

    1. Dan says:

      @Denise — check the Cicada Safari app to see where they’re emerging.

  50. Oneda Mason says:

    cicadas have arrived in Ferrum, Virginia on Masons Lane. I saw holes in the ground the last 2 weeks. I wondered what was causing such perfect little round holes. Then we were walking in our yard Sunday May 10th and found a lot of shells on my butterfly bush. So I know they are back.

    1. Nicole Jamison says:

      Oneda Mason, we lived in Callaway on Six Mile Post until January 2020. I talked to a Henry friend today who says she has them as well. She was knocking them into a cup and feeding them to her chickens and they loved it!!!

      1. N.S. says:

        Massive amounts of cicadas in southern Franklin County. We don’t have chickens but our dogs can’t get enough of them. They are like a toy and snack!

  51. Mary says:

    Not looking forward to their return here in Mercer County, WV.
    I literally cannot hear myself think when they reach their apex of noise!

  52. Donna says:

    I live in Marion County, WV. When we had these icky bugs in 2003, my backyard looked like swiss cheese, as it was riddled with the cicada emergence holes–Hundreds upon hundreds of them. We got hit really bad with the things. So far, the emergence holes are not as numerous as before, but either way, I am absolutely petrified of them. I know the bugs “cannot hurt me”…. but the absolute fear is real. I am in tears as I type, Spiders, snakes, no problem. I won’t leave the house till they are gone. Ordering necessities and will only go to the store at night, if I need essentials. Sorry for the length, but my fear is debilitatingly real.

    1. Linda says:

      I am also petrified. I wish I knew what to do to keep them away from me. I have panic attacks. I hope they don’t come to Ohio.

  53. Joanna Merriman says:

    We live in Wheeling WV. We have 3 large Pin Oaks and are noticing up to hundreds of holes appearing around them in our yard. Are these circada’s?

    1. Dan says:

      @Joanna, Wheeling has Brood V, which last came out in 2016 and should be back until 2033. Cicadas can be surprising though, so if you see any emerge, let us know.

  54. Kay Sander says:

    I remember seeing & hearing them in Nelson Co. In 2013. What brood was that? What was its range?

    1. Dan says:

      @Kay, I think Nelson county is Brood II. 2013 was Brood II. http://magicicada.org/magicicada/brood_02/

  55. T says:

    They are here in Pittsboro in Chatham County. I tried the app but it didn’t like my photo;)

  56. Ren Kay says:

    We have a bunch of them here in Durham, NC. I am sure it is more convenient for data collection, but I am not installing an app on my phone to report cicadas. Best luck with that.

  57. Barry turck says:

    I live in upstate ny in Lewis county and on may 2nd found one in my driveway, wasn’t positive it was a cicada but looked it and had positive I’d of the insect

    1. Dan says:

      @Barry, in upstate NY, my guess is it’s a Okanagana.

  58. Jake says:

    I’ve seen a few Apache cicadas over the past week in Arizona . Are we due for anything better?

    1. Dan says:

      @Jake, I’m not sure to be honest. Their peak seems to be July, so if you’re seeing them now, you probably have 2-3 months of them to go.

  59. Lafreda Whelan says:

    I have seen a few juvenile cicadas here in Elberton, Georgia. From April 26 -29. Should they be emerging in Georgia this year?

    1. Dan says:

      @Lafreda, they’re not supposed to be, but some are. It sounds like members of Brood XIX (19) emerging 4 years early.

  60. Mike says:

    I am seeing images of periodical cicadas emerging in central NC over the past week (Orange ad Chatham counties). Which brood is this as I thought Brood IX was more toward the western part of our state?

    1. Dan says:

      @Mike Chattham would be Brood XIX emerging 4 years early.

  61. erin says:

    so excited! i saw some of these guys emerging in 2003. i love your tip about the timing with the irises. I’ll be glad to share when I start to see and hear them… here on this website?

  62. Donna Davis says:

    I thought they were coming in South West Ohio this year 0 2020

  63. Siobhan Henry says:

    Yes, but why?

    1. Dan says:

      I forgot to add the “Why”, didn’t I. Why do they stay underground for 17-years? The prevailing research suggests they’ve evolved a long, 17-year lifecycle to avoid predators that can sync up with their lifecycle. More info on that here.

  64. Rodney says:

    They are definitely out today. Holes are all in my yard and I can’t hear the TV for the noise.

  65. Nannette Solt Scheuch says:

    I’m pretty sure what you’re hearing are NOT cicadas, but rather, tree frogs. Cicada generally emerge in hotter temperatures. The tiny tree frogs always arrive in later March.
    NS

  66. Cameron says:

    Hey Dan, my Aunt spotted a shell today in her yard. She sent me a pic, and it looks like an annual cicada shell. But this can’t be true because it’s March! I know we had really no winter this year and a lot of the time it was above average temperatures, can that be somehow confusing them? Also, can you add specific parks of where brood 9 will be? Thanks.

    1. Drew says:

      I found a live nymph in my yard two days ago in Westfield, NC (Stokes County). It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a live nymph (usually just find the husks). iNaturalist identified it as a periodical cicada.

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