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May 4, 2009

Magicicada septendecim emerging in Greensboro, NC

Filed under: Brood II | Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical — Tags: — Dan @ 5:56 pm

Tommy Joseph took these photos of Magicicada septendecim emerging Greensboro, North Carolina.

Update: looking at the maps, they probably aren’t brood XIV. Looks like they are Brood II accelerated 4 years, or Brood XIX accelerated 2 years (which would make them 13 year cicadas).

Big pile of skins:
Big pile of cicada skins

Magicicada with damaged wings:
Magicicada with damaged wings

Adult Magicicada:
Adult Magicicada

Magicicada Exuvia

Male Magicicada septendecim:
Male Magicicada septendecim

Exuvia/skins/shells on leaves:
Exuvia/skins on leaves


  1. Kevin says:

    Where in Greensboro are they being found? What kinds of numbers (based on the photos , lots) and distribution is being seen? I hope to get up there in the next week or so and would love to see them a gain a few years early. I hadn’t planned on seeing any more around here until 2013 when the 13-year emerges near Raleigh.

  2. Dan says:

    Noted and edited.

  3. Dave Marshall says:

    One correction: There is no Magicicada neotredecim in North Carolina, or anywhere in the southeast. That 13-year species is found only in the midwestern parts of Broods XIX and XXIII. Only M. tredecim, M. tredecassini (rarely), and M. tredecula are found in the southeast (Brood XIX).

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