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June 23, 2013

New York is still loaded with cicadas

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Periodical | Video — Tags: , — Dan @ 7:51 pm

New York cicadas If you want to see and hear the Brood II cicadas, play hookey this week, and head on up the Hudson Valley in New York State. DO IT! It’s your last chance until 2030 (unless you want to see Brood III and XXII next year).

Today I took an eight-hour road trip along the Hudson River in NY. I hit Palisades Interstate Park, Bear Mountain, Cold Springs, virtually every town along Rte 9G and 199, Germantown, Hudson, and Woodstock.

Cold Spring and Woodstock were a little disappointing, though their downtowns seemed like nice places to visit (no time for human fun when you’re tracking cicadas). The east side of the Hudson River was definitely more active than the west side, although I did hear cicada choruses along Interstate 87 between exit 18 and 16.

Here are my favorite locations. The first one is pure gold.

Rt 199
A rest stop for cars.
Rhinebeck NY 12572
Loads of ‘decims and cassini. Cassini could be picked off the low lying trees like grapes. ‘Decims hugged trees by the 100’s. Best spot of the day.

130 Main street by the river.
Germantown, NY 12526
Cassini and decim choruses. Decims and cassini on low vegetation.

400 New York 308
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Cassini and decim choruses. Decims in low lying trees.

Dutchess Mall, ironically near a big box hardware store that will remain nameless
Fishkill, NY
Cassini and ‘decim choruses. ‘Decims in low lying trees. Very active and feisty.

Tiorati Brook Rd
Stony Point, NY 10980
‘Decim choruses. ‘Decims in low lying trees.

Some video and audio from the New York emergence:

Periodical cicadas at a rest stop in Rhinebeck NY:

Magicicada septendecim in Stony Point NY:

Magicicada cassini Court II and III NY Brood II 2013:


  1. Jaime says:

    When will be the last chance to see them?

    1. Dan says:

      This weekend. Check out the map

      Best bet are towns along rt 9G, 9 and 9J in NY.

  2. Kirsty says:

    I kayaked the Wallkill river from Gardiner to New Paltz today and tree were a significant number of dead or dying cicadas in the water. The whole trip we were serenaded by the crescendoing hum of cicadas on both sides of the river.

  3. Josie says:

    Well, it seems the cicadas have rapidly declined in the last couple days. I see a lot less flying, and mostly the diseased moldy butts are left. They are still singing but it’s much quieter compared to their previous chorus. My location is along route 9 in the Cold Spring area in Hudson valley NY.

  4. Carol says:

    Lots of the little bugs on Route 55 in Lagrange…..Apple Valley area. They have been around since 6/16, but the decibel of the screech has subsided a bit, so I assume they are almost finished with their 17 year ritual. This stretch of Rt. 55 is pretty busy, so there must be lots of them to be hear over the noise of the traffic.

  5. Reyne says:

    Cicadas are out heavily right now in Jim Thorpe, PA; they are also being seen quite heavily in Hazleton, PA. According to what I’ve read, these are Periodic Magicicadas (17 year cicadas). They are quite large, ranging about 2 inches in length. They have bright orange/red eyes and are making quite a bit of noise that can be heard loudly and clearly in the historic area of Jim Thorpe. Take a trip, enjoy the cicadas and visit Jim Thorpe…”It’s a quaint little town with beautiful architecture, interesting shoppes, rafting, bicycling, and places to eat!

    1. Dan says:

      Sounds great. This might be a good place for folks to see them this week as well.

  6. Elias says:

    Excellent emergence there with lots of low calling individuals. Also heard Okanagana canadensis calling in the conifers in Hudson NY. Only once every 17 years can you hear this grouping from this locality!!

  7. Josie says:

    The cicadas are still really active in the Hudson Valley, although they are starting to die (I see alot of dead cicadas now where as before I saw very few to none on the ground). They are as loud and active as ever though. I live in Cold Spring, and they seem to be concentrated along route 9 (which passes through the area described above in Fishkill). We have a huge population of cicadas on our property. I’ll be sad when they are gone!

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