It is possible that Brood XI is not extinct. Brood XI hasn’t been recorded since in 1950’s, however, David Marshall of the University of Connecticut “would not be surprised if there are small patches of them that have been missed since much of southern New England is not that densely inhabited”.
If you’re in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island area this spring and you hear or see a Magicicada, please let us know.
1907 Map of Brood XI from Marlatt, C.L.. 1907. The periodical cicada. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology.
Ah, the memories … It was around this time last year when the Washington summer air was full of love, full of life, full of … cicadas. Well, the cicadas have gone away, burrowed under the ground for the next 17 years. But fear not, cicada lovers. A similar invasion is just around the corner … summer interns. And they’re akin to cicadas in more ways than one …
Hey folks: there’s still a chance we’ll see stragglers.
During the next few weeks — as these “Brood X” cicadas emerge from 17 years of subterranean growth and play out their brief but noisy above-ground mating ritual — Princeton students will investigate a range of questions about how the insects behave and interact with the environment.