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January 9, 2021

Periodical cicada Brood X (10) will emerge in 15 states in 2021

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 1:01 am

Brood X 2021

Periodical cicada Brood X (10) will emerge in the spring of 2021 in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York (extinct or nearly so), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

The last time this brood emerged was in 2004.

If you see or hear them report them with the Cicada Safari app. Use the hashtag #BroodX or #BroodXCicadas on social media.

LATEST NEWS:

Gene Kritsky has a new book about periodical cicadas & brood X. Check it out:

What, when, where, and why:

What are these cicadas?

Billions of these insects:

Adult, Nymph, Molting Cicada

  • Black, orange and red 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 will these cicadas emerge:

Typically beginning in May and ending in late June. These cicadas will begin to emerge approximately when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence. Back in 2004, people began reporting emergences around May, 13th, but if the weather is warmer, it might start in late April.

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

Magicicada on an iris flower in Scotch Plains by Judy Lanfredi

Magicicada on an iris flower in Scotch Plains by Judy Lanfredi

Where will these cicadas emerge:

Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org) has the most up to date maps. If you see a cicada and want to report it, the Cicada Safari App is available for Android and Apple devices 📱.

Places = cities, towns, communities, parts, etc. where people told us they emerged back in 2004.

  • Delaware counties: Kent, Sussex
  • Delaware places: Newark, Wilmington
  • Georgia counties: Union, White. Maybe Gilmer.
  • Georgia places: Blairsville, Ellijay, Norcross
  • Illinois counties: Edgar, Clark, Crawford, Vermilion
  • Illinois places: Marshall
  • Indiana counties: Brown, Clark, Clay, Columbus, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Dubois, Fountain, Gibson, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Ripley, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vigo, Warrick
  • Indiana places: Bloomington, Brookville, Clinton Falls, Dillsboro, Fishers, French Lick, Indianapolis, Lawrenceburg, Lexington, Martinsville, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Nashville, North Vernon, Skiles Test Park, Spencer
  • Kentucky counties: Boone, Breckenridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Daviess, Gallatin, Grayson, Henry, Jefferson, La Rue, McLean, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Oldham, Trimble
  • Kentucky places: Big Bone Lick State Park, Covington, Dayton, Dry Ridge, Florence, Ft. Thomas, Georgetown, Hebron, Highland Heights, Louisville, Newport, Villa Hills.
  • Maryland counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Washington
  • Maryland places: Abingdon, Annapolis, Aspen Hill, Baltimore, Bel Air, Beltsville, Berwyn Heights, Bethesda, Bowie, Brooklandville, Brooklyn Park, Catonsville, Chevy Chase, Clinton, Colesville, College Park, Columbia, Cockeysville, Crofton, Cumberland, District Heights, Eldersburg, Elkridge, Elkton, Ellicott City, Fair Hill, Fallston, Forestville, Gaithersburg, Gambrills, Germantown, Glen Burnie, Glenelg, Greenbelt, Gwynn Oak, Hagerstown, Hanover, Havre De Grace, Hillcrest Heights, Hunt Valley, Hyattsville, Hydes, Jessup, Landover Hills, Laurel, Lutherville, Odenton, Oella, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Potomac, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Riverdale, Rockville, Severna Park, Sharpsburg, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Timonium, Towson, Wheaton
  • Michigan counties: Hillsdale, Washtenaw
  • Michigan places: Ann Arbor, Canton, Quincy
  • North Carolina counties: Cherokee, Surry, Wilkes
  • North Carolina places: Morganton, Murphy
  • New Jersey counties: Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem
  • New Jersey places: Browns Mills, Harmony, Hillsborough, Holland Township, Kingwood Township, Lawrence, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Milford, Monmouth Junction, Morristown, Mt. Rose, Pennington, Princeton, Sourland Mountain, West Windsor Township. There’s an abundance of large parks and natural areas around Princeton.
  • New York counties: Suffolk (but extinct, or nearly so, but still look for themNewsday article)
  • New York places: All on Long Island, but based on the 2004 emergence, they might be extinct. Some were seen in East Setauket, Connetquot River State Park, Ronkonkoma, Stony Brook. In 1987 they were seen in Shirley, Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Connetquot River State Park, Oakdale, and Setauket. Please read this article!
  • Ohio counties: Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Montgomery
  • Ohio places: Anderson Twp, Battelle Darby Park, Bellbrook, Centerville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Defiance, Delaware, Delhi Twp, Dublin, Fairfield, Galloway, Hamilton, Kettering, Lewisburg, Lockland, Miamisburg, Olmsted Falls, Oxford, Springfield, St. Bernard, West Carrollton, West Chester
  • Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, County, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Schuylkill, Somerset, York
  • Pennsylvania places:Archbald, Artemas, Bedford, Carroll Valley, Coopersburg, Dinosaur Rock, Downingtown, Gettysburg, Green Lane, Kintnersville, Lake Nockamixon, Lancaster, Lititz, Malvern, Mertztown, Mohnton, Mt Gretna, Oaks, Oley, Perkasie, Perkiomenville, Phoenixville, Pittston, Quakertown, Red Lion, Roaring Spring, Solebury, Spring Mount, Stewartstown, Topton, Upper Black Eddy, Warwick Park
  • Tennessee counties: Blount, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Roane, Sumner, Wilson
  • Tennessee places: Copperhill, Farragut, Fayetteville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge.
  • Virginia counties: Arlington, Clarke, County, Dulles Smithsonian National Aircraft and Space Museum, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester
  • Virginia places: Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly, Clearbrook, Del Ray, Doswell, Dunn Loring, Fairfax, Falls Church, Franconia, Hampton Roads, Haymarket, Herndon, Lorton, Lovettsville, Manassas, Merrifield, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, Sterling, Vienna, White Post, Winchester.
  • West Virginia counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan
  • West Virginia places: Martinsburg, New Creek
  • Washington D.C.

More Location Tips:

Example Emergence Timeline

This is an example of a typical cicada emergence. The exact dates will depend on the weather and density of the emergence in your location. Hot weather means an early start and quicker finish to the season — cool weather means a later start, and a protracted season.

Example Emergence Timeline

Here’s an Excel version of the chart. Feel free to use it and adjust it to match your experience.

Oe watch the video version:

Why do cicadas:

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.

Should you plant?

If you’re planting trees, wait until July. If your yard doesn’t get cicadas by the first week of June, it’s probably safe to plant in June. Otherwise, you can use netting to keep cicadas from laying eggs in the branches of fragile trees. It’s the egg-laying that does damage. They usually avoid garden and flowering plants because their stems aren’t strong enough for an egg nest.

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.

See a modern map, or the Live Map from the Cicada Safari app.
Marlatt 1907 10 Brood X

425 Comments »

  1. Yellie says:

    Hi – what do you think the cicada situation will be like in Chevy Chase, MD on May 23, 2021? And on June 27, 2021? Asking because our outdoor/backyard wedding is currently set for May 23, but we’re considering moving it to June 27. Curious what you think/advise, thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      Usually, they’re done being annoying by June 27, 2021. You’ll just have to rake up their corpses.
      If the spring is warm/hot they’ll be out by May 23, 2021, and possibly annoying.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Based on how the weather has been, what are your preductions for this year regarding the Cicadas- will we be early, late, or right on schedule compared to previous years?

    1. Dan says:

      It’s the same story every time — they’re activated when the soil temperatures reach a consistent 64 Degrees Fahrenheit Eight Inches Deep. “Mother Nature” is all over the place. Guessing, I think they’ll be out in 2 weeks in Georgia, and in 3 weeks around Maryland.

  3. Andrea B says:

    Thank you so much for your intel! When will they be in Hendersonville, NC (Blue Ridge Mountain area) this summer? I don’t like them!

    1. Dan says:

      I think you’re OK in that area. Most of them will be in the western corner of the state and then northwest of Winston Salem. For you, fortunately, they aren’t everywhere.

  4. Alex says:

    Will there be many in the national mall area of DC? I’m looking to get engagement photos done sometime in May and would hate to have them appear in all the pictures. Would touch advise to delay the photo shoot.

    1. Dan says:

      Yes, I believe so. I zoomed in on this map and it looks like the researchers located them exactly at the national mall. They’re less active in the morning or after 5pm, so you might be able to get a “magic hour” shot without much interference.

  5. Christopher Wood says:

    I believe there is a M. Cassini chorusing in my backyard, just after sunset in Potomac Md.

    Listen here:

    https://twitter.com/realpotatus/status/1384668530394767361?s=21

  6. Pinky says:

    I live in Arlington, VA, when will we see cicadas in this area? For how long will they be here?I know they are harmless but I am super scared of them.

    1. Dan says:

      As soon as the soil warms to approximately 64 degrees Faranheight. In human terms, once the temps get consistently into the mid 70s-80s.

  7. P Stephan says:

    Hundreds of holes & chimneys in Fairfield Township, OH (Butler County). Trying to keep those chimneys intact while we tend to the yard & landscaping is tough!

  8. Annie says:

    Hi I have a extreme phobia of bugs, I just want to know what parts in New York City is going to be exposed by cicadas?

    1. Dan says:

      They’re not in New York City, so you’re in luck.

  9. Valencia says:

    We’re planning a trip to Bethany Beach around Memorial Day. Do you think they’ll make an appearance there?

    1. Dan says:

      Not there. :)

  10. Lisa Winnett says:

    Hi! I want to plan a trip to try to see the cicadas. I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas and am wondering what is the best area I should target?

    1. Melissa L says:

      Indiana will not disappoint! Any forested area of the state. I live in Indianapolis and we had millions in our older established neighborhood.

      1. Lisa Winnett says:

        Thank you!! I will start mapping out a route

  11. Colleen says:

    My sister lives in Southern Maryland and some reports say they will have a lot and some say none? I also am in Arnold Maryland will they have a lot?

    1. Dan says:

      Arnold has the cicadas. How thick they are in your neighborhood depends on a few factors. If your neighborhood has few trees, lots of new construction, and industry, you won’t have a lot. Some areas that were treated for pesticides, like straying for mosquitos, will have less. Looking at a satellite map of Arnold, it looks like your town is a good habitat for them because there are a lot of trees

      1. Colleen Stevens says:

        Thank you so much. What about southern Maryland some reports say they won’t have any but some say that they have a lot?

        1. Dan says:

          Probably varies by location. Zoom in on the map on this page.

  12. JP Parrish says:

    I’m in Pikesville MD. My house is 15yrs with large, untouched wooded areas on two sides about a block away. New trees planted when house was built. How far do they travel? Will they stay in the back woods or should I expect swarms to find their way to my yard?

    1. Dan says:

      They’ll travel about a football field’s length, but they’re interested in trees, so most will stay around the trees.

  13. MANDI MILLS says:

    Hello! Will they be in Fayetteville NC? I am seeing a lot of holes in the ground that look like the pics i have seen from them. In my backyard nonetheless. TIA!!

    1. Dan says:

      Maybe. But there’s no historical record for Fayetteville NC. Let us know what you see.

  14. A SA says:

    I am so scared of them coming. What state doesn’t have them so I can go hide. Is their a protective suit I can wear so they don’t get me?

    1. Dan says:

      Un-sarcastically, a bee keeper’s outfit? They’ll only fly into you. They don’t bite like wasps, so you don’t have to worry about that.

      1. Melissa L says:

        There is nothing to fear from them. They’re like drunken blobs flying without purpose dawn to dusk. You’ll be fine after dark. The biggest issue is the nonstop noise. The decibels are off the chart!

    2. Dan says:

      I should say that they’re most active between 10 am and 5 pm, and not active when it rains. So you can get around at those times with less worry.

  15. Roy Myers says:

    I’m planning to travel from WA to witness Brood X. I know nothing is certain, but does Labor Day weekend in the Manassas, VA area look like a good bet?

  16. Tim B says:

    I am planning a trip to the great smoky mountains the week of May 22-29 and staying close to pigeon forge. Was wondering if the cicadas will be a problem then.
    Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t think so. Looks like they’ll be north of the Smoky Mountains, towards Knoxville.

  17. Carrie says:

    Hi, I have a 3 day trip planned in Luray, Virginia. Staying at a cabin and hiking old rag with my two daughters. We are super afraid of cicadas (I was in Rockville, MD in 2004 so I remember that summer vividly).

    What are the chances of the 2021 brood x cicadas in the areas in luray and Shenandoah national park in the next two weeks?

    1. Dan says:

      Looking at the newer maps, it looks like the cicadas won’t be in Luray, Virginia.

  18. Samantha Truex says:

    Hi thanks for all the info! I was looking at several maps and my area (Mansfield, Ohio) seems to be on the edge in some or just outside it. We got cicadas in 2016. Do you think we will get any this year? Thanks

    1. Dan says:

      Not this year. 2016 was Brood V(5).

  19. Lucia says:

    Hi. I am super phobic of bugs. I live in Winchester, VA. I was wondering if I’ll see many…

    1. Dan says:

      99% certain Winchester will get the cicadas.

  20. Davy Shian says:

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    1. Dan says:

      Very generous of you Davy! For folks interested in the book, learn more about it.

      Cicada: Exotic Views comic book

      1. Davy Shian says:

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        Comments from other readers:
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  21. Lia says:

    I am in Anderson, Ohio. Planning on an outdoor grad party june 19th. Can I expect them to still be bad?

    1. A SA says:

      I need to know exactly what states will not get these cicadas. So I can go there for the duration. Google tells you only so much. Will any state be CICADA FREE?????00

      1. Dan says:

        New England, West of Mississippi.

    2. A SA says:

      I need to know exactly what states will not get these cicadas. So I can go there for the duration. Google tells you only so much. Will any state be CICADA FREE????? I HAVE ANXIETY FROM THESE VISITORS!!!!

      1. Dan says:

        New England is safe this year. West of the Mississippi river for sure.

  22. Monica says:

    Hi Dan, I am super phobic of bugs unfortunately (particularly large ones like cicadas!) – if I wanted to go away to the first weekend of May and make sure that I’m going somewhere they absolutely will not be (not even a few here and there) – would any of the following locations be safe: Ocean City, MD, Fenwick Island, DE, Lake Anna, VA or Charlottesville, VA? Thank you in advance!

    1. Dan says:

      @Monica,
      Ocean City, MD, Fenwick Island, DE, and Charlottesville, VA are safe bets.

      1. Monica says:

        Thank you Dan! One more location question – how safe is St. Michael’s, MD?

        1. Dan says:

          It looks OK. Looks like the last time there was a sighting was 1907.

  23. JaiMe says:

    already seeing holes & chimneys as of apr. 8-9th 2021 here in bloomington indiana… wont be long !! 🐉

  24. Joy schutte says:

    Hi I was headed to Virginia Beach and wondered if the cicadas will be there in 2021?

    1. Dan says:

      In terms of the periodical type, there won’t be any, but the less obvious summertime cicadas will be out in the summer, up in the trees.

  25. Bev Havens says:

    Dan,
    I live in Canton, Michigan and have some young trees. Should I wrap the trunks with insect barrier tape or aluminum foil? Also, I have alot of hydrangeas, knockout roses and butterfly bushes – do I need to net them?
    Thank you

    1. Dan says:

      Hmmm… some people recommend the tape, and others recommend netting tree branches to keep the females from laying eggs in the branches. Contact a local arborist for more advice.

  26. Ellee says:

    Hello from Southern Indiana. I have several questions about tree protection:

    1. When protecting trees, does it make sense to wrap the trunk of the tree as well as the branches?
    2. If the critical root zone of the tree is covered with an insect barrier, will the cicadas emerge from the ground underneath the barrier and just get trapped underneath or would they turn around and come out past the barrier?
    3. What are your thoughts about protecting the critical root zone of the trees with an insect barrier fabric so that the young cicadas have to find older, more mature trees under which to feed and hibernate?

    Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      You know what — call your local tree expert/arborist.

  27. Cathy says:

    We’re planning an outdoor event on May 15 here in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Will we have any cicadas to worry about?

    Thank you .

    1. Dan says:

      Maybe. Looks like they’re closer to the Susquehanna River. They probably wouldn’t be very active around the 15th anyway.

  28. Nitin Ravikanthachari says:

    Hello,

    When would the cicadas be active in North Carolina & Tennessee? Will they be active by mid-May?

    Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      Starting around then. They’ll probably be most active in the last week of May to the first few weeks of June. They’re only in a few locations in both states.

  29. M Blanket says:

    I am planning a trip away from Dayton, Ohio and want to time it so that I miss the weeks when they are flying around. If they emerge on May 20 (for example), when will they start flying around? How many weeks will they be flying?

    1. Dan says:

      Last week of June.

  30. Dan says:

    I will be traveling to Washington for 3 days to experience Brood X. I am flexible with my timing, but a little advanced notice would be helpful. I would want to be there during the loud mating time. Any thoughts about a resource to track, and maybe predict, when that time will be? Maybe this site is that resource. Thank you!

    1. Dan says:

      Depends on when they come out of the ground, and that depends on the weather. So, I can’t give you an exact date. First week of June should be good though.

  31. Allie K says:

    Curious when BroodXIII are predicted to emerge and to what intensity in Chicago (Cook County). Growing up in Lake County, IL there was a thick population last time. Thank you for all this info!

  32. Jessica says:

    I’ve seen a lot of articles lately about cicadas attracting snakes. Should I be concerned about an increase in snakes because of the cicadas? I don’t recall noticing this is 2004, but I really barely went outside. I will probably limit my time outdoors this time as well, but now I have a son who will likely be walking when they emerge and I’m worried.

    1. Dan says:

      In 25 years of doing this, I’ve never heard of a snake + Magicicada + human encounter. There’s one photo getting passed around on Patch.com of a Copperhead eating a freshly molted Megatibicen auletes (not a Magicicada). M. auletes are huge — about the size of a mouse.

      That said, would a snake eat a cicada? Sure (depending on the species). But everything else will eat them too — Coyotes, Racoons, Opossums, birds. Everything will be out there after them.

      Will the number of snakes magically multiply in relation to the number of cicadas, no. It’s going to be the same single snake that’s lived under your porch for the past 3 years.

  33. Ruth says:

    Would an outdoor graduation party not be advisable at the end of May in southern Ohio?

    1. Dan says:

      Depends on the specific location.

  34. K says:

    Quick question. I live on a backroad in a farm. With that being said, my entire backyard is essentially a forest. Will I see less cicadas in my front yard due to this? I read somewhere they’re attracted to trees and we don’t have MANY in my front yard (a few but not a lot).

    1. Dan says:

      They’re parasites of trees, so they’ll always be in the vicinity of trees. So yes, more near the forest than away from it.

  35. E. Taylor says:

    Hi Dan. I live in Spotsylvania, Virginia (in a wooded area very close to Lake Anna State Park). And, my grandkids live in Woodbridge, Virginia. Will either of us be invaded by Brood X cicadas?

    1. Dan says:

      Probably Woodbridge, Virginia it’s toward the southern end of the Brood in that area. They might have to travel a little north to see them. No to Spotsylvania, Virginia.

  36. Yippee! So grateful to have this wonderful site as a resource.

  37. Barbara says:

    This is absolutely amazing. What a wonderful resource this is. We are planning a trip to New Paltz, NY may 25. Actually to mohonk mountain house. Should we expect cicadas? It is located innulster county.

    Dan, you provide a great service, thanks so much!

    1. Dan says:

      No Brood X/Magicicada for New Paltz this year, but Okanagana type cicadas are in the area — but they arrive in small numbers, and are relatively inconspicuous.

  38. Bronte says:

    I live in Waldorf, MD, will they be in my area?

    1. Dan says:

      @Bronte, I don’t think they’re in Waldorf, but are a little north of there, around where 5 splits from 301 and north.

  39. Frank Hatfield says:

    Hi Dan. Will they emerge in Mecklenburg county in Virginia? Thanks for all the useful information.

    1. Dan says:

      No Brood X for Mecklenburg county in Virginia.

  40. Cameron says:

    Well…… I don’t know if the other comment went through, but I took a ride down to Princeton tonight and……I spotted dozens of holes, and even one in its hole. They’re here!!!!!!

  41. Cameron says:

    Well….. there are dozens of holes in in Marquand park in Princeton NJ….. took a ride down there today and even saw one in its hole! They’re here!!!!!

  42. Leah Spalding says:

    Hi Dan, thanks for this really informative website! I’m in Montgomery County MD and I’m trying hard to not be here when Brood X will be flying about. I only have a week off and I’m trying to time it for the heaviest activity/most likely to land on someone.

    I know it’s all an estimate at this point, but I’d love to get your thoughts on when you think the heaviest activity is most likely to be? Given that the cherry blossoms opened a week early this year, I was thinking cicadas could be flying around the first week of May. Does that sound probable to you?

    Also, it seems like the cicada don’t like sandy soil, so I was going to head towards Ocean City, Assateague, Bethany Beach or similar. It seems like they don’t emerge in these places – unless I’m reading the maps wrong?

    1. Dan says:

      @Leah, depends on what you don’t like. The creepy-crawly part of the emergence will probably be the last 2 weeks of May, and the screamy, flying everywhere part will be the first 3 weeks of June. The first week of June might be the peak.

      There are Broods, like Brood II & XIV, found in sandy areas, but Brood X is away from the shore counties.

    2. Christopher wood says:

      Just my observation of 2017 going back trough my photos comparing my mushroom hunting that is very in sync with each individual spring. 2017 was a particularly early arriving spring, probably at least two weeks ahead of where we are now. I first noticed the trees were covered in brood x straggler exoskeletons on may 16th, so they would have been coming up for at least a few days. Probably at 8inches deep the seven day average temps are going to be more important than what is happening now tho. Unless we have a significant heat wave over the next for weeks, I’d expect them to start emerging may 14-20th.

  43. Christina says:

    Will they be in potter county, pa? Specifically cherry springs state park? Debating a camping trip there in June. Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      No to Potter county, PA. :(

  44. Casey says:

    What’s the closest place to Boston to see them?
    I’d like to take a weekend trip.

    1. Dan says:

      Princeton, NJ.

  45. Lloyd says:

    If we live in a newer subdivision, then years old or so , the dirt has likely been dug up and cicadas disturbed? Does that mean in newer areas there are less or even no cicadas?

    1. Dan says:

      Probably less or no cicadas. If your subdivision is next to woods or an old neighborhood with ~34 year old hardwood trees, you might be in luck.

  46. Karin says:

    Hello! We will be tent camping in Union county, Georgia, (Vogel State Park) at the end of May. I am equally excited and terrified that we may be tent camping in the middle of a huge cicada emergence! Does anyone know if there was an emergence at Vogel in 2004? If so, will it be unbearable to be outside for 4 days with the cicadas??

  47. Allen Bush says:

    I am doing a repost on Garden Rant next week (April 7th) of a previous story I wrote for the Human Flower Project on Brood XIV in 2008. May I have your permission to use your colorful artwork of Brood X 2021? How would you like me to photo credit? I can add a link to this page. Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      Sure. Credit Cicada Mania.

  48. Jeffrey Casaly says:

    In the Eastern panhandle of WV, we’ve had 60’s and 70’s since the first day of Spring. April is supposed to have above normal temperatures. Any chance brood X could come out as early as April?

    1. Dan says:

      There’s a chance. It depends on the weather. If you see leaves on the trees, and the weather is warm enough to heat up the soil they’ll emerge.

      1. Jeffrey Casaly says:

        Thanks for the info, Dan. You are the man.

  49. elizabeth crowell says:

    Im in California. I studied entomology at CSUS in college. I have a specimen my aunt sent me in 04 from North Carolina. I’ve been waiting for these guys since and would like to take my kids to see them as well. I would love to book a trip now for the dc area for the weekend of the 22nd. Do you think I have a pretty good chance of getting lucky? (Our spring is a few days early in CA this year?) sorry for bugging you😉 and thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge!

    1. Dan says:

      I think you’ll definitely catch the phase where they emerge and molt, but not the crazy screaming mating part. Maybe a little of that.

  50. Emily Fox says:

    Will the ones in Northern States be going up to Canada?

    1. Dan says:

      No. They don’t travel/migrate. Well… over 10,000 they’ve gotten to where they are now by moving to hardwood trees as they spread. But it wouldn’t happen this year.

  51. Sandy says:

    This will be an absolute nightmare for those with bug phobias such as myself. My first Brood X exposure was 2004 and I am still traumatized. Maryland, specifically Montgomery County, was the 7th level of Hell for me. As long as you are prepared with an umbrella, rain boots for crunching while walking, long sleeves, pants and now we have face shields and masks from Covid, you can endure. Ladies, put your hair into a tight bun so they don’t get stuck in your long locks. Darn you Universe, for not timing the pandemic quarantine with Brood X. Another spring season down that tubes….

  52. Paul says:

    Here’s a 9 minute video I made of the 2004 Brood X hatch out in Maryland.
    https://youtu.be/1ylURbzhvN8

  53. Jason says:

    I’m hoping to leave Columbia MD before it gets too bad. Will may 7th be an adequate time to leave? I don’t see many near the Howard county hospital on the map, but I don’t know the units of measurement in the map to gauge that.

    1. Dan says:

      5/7 should be good. Depends on the weather. If we have a HOT spring they could pop sooner. The last time they started around the 11th.

      crunch crunch crunch

      Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

      Message: my kids collected 28 exoskeletons this afternoon and placed them in baggies to bring to school tomorrow. They were playfully arguing over their new possessions. We also found 2 live ones in the grass that did not make it up into the trees. — Mary Ellen Wolf, Reston VA

  54. Jason says:

    Checking the map, I see little cicada icons in Columbia, MD, but not many or really any for the area in which I live? Is once cicada symbol equal to a few cicadas, or does it equal thousands? Unsure of the units of measurement. I live down the road from the Howard County hospital.

    1. Dan says:

      I think it’s a good chance. The cicada icons represent the exact locations where researchers found them in 2004. I had reports from regular people for Columbia in 2004, so I think they’ll be there. If you want more information about the https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_10/ map, contact John Cooley https://cooley.eeb.uconn.edu

    2. Jen says:

      I lived in Hickory Ridge in 2004 and they were all over the place, but nowhere near as bad as in Longfellow, where I lived in 1987 where it literally looked like the pictures I’ve seen recently online of 25-30 per square foot. I think that may be accurate for some areas. I am not sure about the timing, but they are crazy loud, so you will hear them coming.

      If it’s any consolation, they do not bite or sting, they are just deeply disturbing. I ran from them in a panic when I was 14, and 17 years later I found myself routinely pulling them from my children’s pockets while doing laundry. Life is weird.

  55. Lauren says:

    Help! I’m trying to find the closest place to Arlington, VA where they aren’t emerging. Some maps place them in Prince William County, some don’t. Some Stafford County residents are telling me they had them in 2004 even if the maps don’t show them there. What about Fredericksburg? I have severe PTSD from 2004 and need to escape to a “safe” area in May/June when they’re out. However, I can’t travel too far during Covid, so I’m hoping I can end up somewhere close enough to easily get a safe ride with a friend, but before I book a place to stay, I need to make sure that it’s located in a cicada-free area.

    1. Dan says:

      The VA part of Delmarva. Fredericksburg and south.

  56. Emily says:

    Hi Dan!
    Will this brood be in Huron, Ohio?

  57. Emily says:

    Hi Dan!

    My family is visiting Huron, Ohio the 13-16 of June. Will the cicadas be bad there?

  58. Cassandra says:

    Learned about this site from Ologies— thanks for all the effort you put into it! We are hoping to experience Brood X this year as insect enthusiasts in Indiana.

    My math puts us at May 16 for Greencastle, IN — does that seem right? We are traveling a bit to get there and I would just HATE to miss them!

    1. Dan says:

      Could be. It all depends on the weather and how quickly things warm up. The exciting part — when they start chorusing should be in full effect by Memorial Day.

  59. chris says:

    We’re hiking in the Smokies May 815,2021. We’re staying near Gatlinburg. Will brood X be in full bloom during our stay?

    1. Dan says:

      They’re closer to Knoxville.

  60. Valeri says:

    Hi Dan;
    It’s Valeri again!! We have had some CHANGE in plans. I believe that SAVANNAH, GA should NOT have any BROOD X. We are having some family issues and that would be a good place to land and we will be able to take care of what we need.

  61. And for a song about the emergence of periodic cicadas (which is a kind of “graduation”, remember Dr Chordate’s song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jmC6gU6LRI&t=133s

  62. Hi Dan,

    I hope all is well. Somehow this paper Gene Kritsky, me, and a few others published in the Maryland Entomologist in September 2020 did not make it into the publication list. Maybe you can add it. Thanks, Mike

    Combining Data from Citizen Scientists and Weather Stations to Define Emergence
    of Periodical Cicadas, Magicicada Davis spp. (Hemiptera: Cicadidae)
    Michael J. Raupp, Chris Sargent, Nancy Harding, and Gene Kritsky. The Maryland Entomologist 7(4):31–42

    1. Dan says:

      I will add it. Thanks!!

  63. Jared P says:

    I live in southern Delaware. I’ve looked at many maps, and it seems half indicate we will experience the brood x emergence while the other half indicate we won’t. Has their range expanded since 2004? What is your opinion. I don’t recall a major invasion in 2004.

    1. Dan says:

      @Jared,

      They were in Delaware in 2004, and I’ll assume the same for 2021. Not the whole state though.

      Here are some quotes from 2004:

      Unbelievable!!!

      Date: Monday, May/24/2004

      Message: Last week we noticed a few skeletons in the trees (about Thursday, May 20). Saturday morning, we went outside and could hear the eeriest sound. We thought someone had left a pump on somewhere. Then we realized it was THEM!!! Yesterday, May 23, we went to a nearby woods and they were EVERYWHERE. Thousands of skeletons and the noise was so loud we could hardly carry on a conversation. Awesome! — Paula, Newark, DE

      Small emergence-Delaware

      Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

      Message: We have had a small emergence of cicadas here in my backyard, but so far, I have heard but one or two. I think that most may have been eaten by birds? Have tons of birds out back. About 2 miles away, just on the border of Elkton MD and Delaware, there have been many, many more. The loud humming sound is audible from a mile or so away. — shishypat, Newark, DE

      Cicadas have taken over my yard!

      Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

      Message: I noticed a bunch over last weekend clinging to the grass and the house, but now they have absolutely covered the ground and trees in my yard. Oddly enough I haven’t seen many in the front of the house but the backyard is covered. They’ve been emerging from their shells over the past few days but not much noise yet. The sheer number of them is amazing and I guess I still have the noise and smell to look forward to. — Mike, Newark, DE

      Finally Found An Adult

      Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

      Message: After several days of finding about 6-8 empty cicada shells in the grass under the same tree, I finally encountered an adult. It seemed to be caught up in the tall grass so I scooped it up and off it went up into the tree. If you’re in Wilmington, DE, and haven’t seen one yet, keep looking they’re here! — KJ, Wilmington, DE

  64. Evan says:

    Is there a way to assess/predict the volume of the emergence? I know the broods can die out over time and I’m curious if another 17 years of urbanization and climate change might have affected things since 2004 (when I saw a huge emergence in Bethesda, Maryland; I’m still in Montgomery County). Does anyone sample the ground ahead of time and see what’s going on? Is there any chance of a bust?

    1. Dan says:

      Ask people who were in the area the previous emergence. That’s the best way.

  65. Dylan says:

    who how

  66. Ashlee says:

    Hello, I have moved to Kentucky within the past few years and never experienced cicadas – I am petrified of bugs. We live in Lexington so I think we are good here, but my in-laws want to do a trip to Dale Hollow in mid May (Clay County KY). Should I prepare to see swarms of them in that area? Thank you in advance!

    1. Dan says:

      By the lake? It doesn’t look like it.

  67. Sonja says:

    Can you recommend any good Cicada cams? I was in Bloomington, IN for the 2004 emergence and totally loved it. To get to experience such a huge natural phenomenon! And it was endlessly fascinating as they went through the different stages. Now I live in Oregon so I’ll miss it and that’s why I’ wondering about Cicada cams. Thank you.

    1. Dan says:

      None yet, but stay tuned. If I find one, I’ll post it Maybe a webcam in Princeton NJ, or Mt Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati.

  68. Rebecca says:

    Hi Dan,

    I so appreciate all of the wonderful info you collected and shared about these extraordinary creatures. I’m originally from Louisiana and grew up trapping and eating crawfish, which make similar mud chimneys: https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1275 I wonder if there’s an evolutionary connection?

  69. Nema says:

    Mack’s earplugs are the best I’ve found for my noisy city. Glad I won’t have loud cicadas here!

  70. Danielle says:

    I’m in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area. I’ve read many different things. Will they be in this area?

    1. Dan says:

      Near Busch Gardens? Nope.

    2. Amber says:

      I live in Williamsburg/Hampton roads as well, and this site has a past chart that shows the different states that reported sightings, and Hampton Roads was listed under Virginia, but wasnt specific to Williamsburg. :/ guess we will have to wait and see. :)

  71. Valeri says:

    Hi… Will BROOD X be in NC? What cities in NC?
    It does NOT seem that BROOD X goes to Florida at all?

    1. Dan says:

      No for Florida.

      Not a lot in NC, but here’s where they were last time (2004):
      North Carolina counties: Cherokee, Surry, Wilkes
      North Carolina places: Morganton, Murphy

      1. Valeri says:

        Thank You SO, SO much
        Dan for taking the time to reply and give this information for so many of us. I am thinking of sticking it out in CINCINNATI (will have porch screened in so I can at least step outside the door).
        If NOT then we need to find a place to stay in either Orlando or Tampa, FL and plan to head out in 2 weeks.

  72. Mike says:

    We are in Sterling, VA a mile off the Potomac River, in Loudoun County. Could you provide any insight as to how badly we will be hit? Thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      About as bad as last time. Your best bet it to ask someone who was in the area 17 years prior.

  73. Margeaux M. says:

    Thanks for curating this website! This will help me take some cicada viewing hikes this year. I sure hope I can find some!

  74. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for all the helpful info. I’ve recently moved to PA from Canada and had NO IDEA cicada invasions were a thing. I would have been terrified to wake up to this without a warming.

  75. Allen Moore says:

    I remember very well the mass emergence of a brood in the Nashville, TN area in the mid-1980’s. Cicadas everywhere – a truly magical experience, one I have never been fortunate enough to encounter again. Each year, I look forward to learning which brood might appear in my area – Richmond, VA. Looks like Brood X will miss us. Do you have any insight into a future mass emergence in my area? Thanks!

  76. Jane says:

    I will be going to the Knoxville zoo this summer will there be alot of them there, I don’t feel confortable with them.

    1. Dan says:

      The cicadas will be in Knoxville, so there’s a chance they’ll be at the zoo. Call them up and ask.

  77. Paul says:

    Curious about a prediction for Pike / Wayne Counties is Northeast PA and Sullivan County NY (Catskills)? Want to learn how this hatch effect fishing and feeding patterns?

    1. Dan says:

      @Paul, no periodicals for Pike, Wayne, or the Catskills this year, but Okanagana cicadas will be out in the spring. If you’re using flies or other baits you could match them. Similar body type, black with orange, beige, or white highlights, and struggle erratically when fall in water.

  78. Sean says:

    In the 1980s on Long Island we were having terrible gypsy moth caterpillar problems, and everyone was wrapping their trees with insect tape. That may explain the weak 2004 turnout.

    1. Dan says:

      Could be. They also treated the area will pesticides quite a bit.

      1. Sean Doherty says:

        On my walk today I was thinking the very same thing. Nassau county residents have all started using lawn service over the last 10-15 years. Its a price contest, so those lawn guys use whatever is cheapest. So the pesticides they use are probably the worst you can think of when it comes to soil biology. I imagine 17 years of continuous application of increasingly toxic lawn pesticides have probably killed off whatever population survived 2004 and tried to re-establish itself. Sad.

  79. Jessica says:

    My fiance and I are having our wedding in Bel Air, MD (Brood X hotspot) on June 26th. We were planning to have an outdoor wedding. What will it be like in terms of cicadas by June 26th? Will they still be around in mass numbers/still singing or is there a good chance they will mostly be gone or dwindling by that point? Would an outdoor wedding be miserable? Thank you!

    1. Dan says:

      June 26th should be at the end of the emergence. Make sure the groundskeepers clean up the stinky dead cicada bodies.

      1. Jessica says:

        Great idea! Will there still be live cicadas swarming around or just the dead bodies mostly? Trying to get a better picture of what to expect for guests

        1. Dan says:

          Mostly dead, if not all dead.

    2. Paula says:

      I was married June 21 during the 1987 Brood X, no problems at all.

  80. Joseph says:

    Please forgive me if this has been asked and answered here before… if average temps in April and May trend a little higher than normal, spurring the nymphs to emerge early, and then there is a “cold snap” as often is the case at some point on the east coast of the US in spring, how does that affect them? Are they hearty enough to survive such a thing? Thanks…

    1. Dan says:

      Depends on how cold the snap is. If it happens after they emerge, it can kill them. If it happens before they emerge, they’ll just wait a little longer.

  81. Peggy Schafer says:

    Is it possible to update this site to include Canada, or at least Ontario, in terms of what to expect from Brood X 2021?

    1. Dan says:

      This type of cicada does not exist in Canada.

      1. Patricia Poole says:

        Please look at your map, at the part of Ontario located between Michigan and New York which have Brood X.

        There will likely be some Brood X here – the cicadas don’t care about international borders, and the soil is warm enough.

        1. Dan says:

          Yeah, they don’t care about borders, but rivers, lakes, and, historically, glaciers have prevented their incursion into new lands. There’s no record of them in Canada. They may have been in Canada in the past, but not currently.

  82. Christopher Wood says:

    Some animal is digging cicada nymphs out of the ground and tearing up the front yard. It seems like it is using the holes the nymphs are making to target them. It’s a real mess right now 🤦‍♂️

    1. Karen Brush says:

      Do you have raccoons in the area? I have watched them dog up grubs in my lawn and leave little holes.

      1. Christopher Wood says:

        Yeah. Just evicted one from the attic. Lots of foxes. More and more of the yard is getting torn to shreds now. Probably 300 sq ft of grass has been ripped up. Anywhere the cicada holes appear end up getting shredded.

  83. Afraid of bugs says:

    Hi. I live at the end, country part of Philadelphia,PA and border Bucks and Montgomery counties. At what time of day are these most active? Not looking forward to these at all. Ty.
    P.s. how could people enjoy these?

    1. Dan says:

      Usually, sunny days between 10 am and 5 pm. Pray for rain.

  84. Becky says:

    We are planning a trip to Virginia near Richmond and Roseland about the 5th of July. Will we be in swarm season. Camping. That might Not be cool.

    1. Dan says:

      They’ll be dead by July, but you might find their skins or remnants of their corpses.

  85. John S. says:

    Living in southeastern VA, specifically the Northern Neck of Virginia along the Chesapeake Bay, will Brood X emerge here in 2021? Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      None for the Northern Neck of Virginia.

  86. Victoria says:

    I am planning my spring travels and I really want to be in town when Brood X emerges and relive the great experience of 2004. Is there any way of knowing when Cicadas will emerge in Montgomery County, MD this year?

    1. Dan says:

      They’ll emerge sometime in May. Unfortunately “when” depends on the weather — how quickly the ground warms up and warms up cicadas. If the emergence is anything like 2004, the cicadas will begin to emerge the second-third week of May, and then start screaming the last week through the third of June. Every emergence is different though — if we have a super-hot Spring, they could emerge in late April. If the weather is consistently dry and hot, they’ll finish their mating activities sooner than later, and we’ll have a short season. If you just want to see & heart them, Memorial Day weekend is a good target.

      1. calmaniac says:

        I have heard there are more in areas with older growth trees, NOT in areas that have had substantial recent building.

        1. Dan says:

          That is conceptually correct. But as long as the neighborhood has a physical connection to some woods, and the property has some healthy hardwood trees they can take hold. These cicadas are sun-loving and they do well when they have tall grasses and weeds to molt on, as well as trees. The ideal habitat is one where hardwood trees meet open areas such as a field or stream — because they’ll have trees to parasitize, sunlight, and smaller plants like grasses that are good for molting and feeding on roots for smaller cicadas. If a neighborhood emulates those conditions, they’ll do well. That said, a neighborhood of dozens of acres tract homes where the trees were all raised and replaced with sod and shrubs — that’s a death sentence for cicadas. A deep dark forest is also not great because of a lack of sunlight and smaller plants necessary for their lifecycle.

  87. Christina Slowinski says:

    Hello,

    My fiancé and I really want to see this brood emergence! We would be traveling from MN. Where would you recommend we go? Is there any state or national parks you would recommend to visit to experience them?

    Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      Coming from Minnesota, the closest, best place will be on the Illinois/Indiana, border. Clark County, Illinois looks like a good bet based on the map on this page. I don’t have a specific recommendation in that area.

    2. Keith Sims says:

      A nice place to vacation is Brown County State Park in Indiana. They have very nice cabins and Abe Martin Lodge. Nearby is Bloomington (15-20 min) and Lake Monroe, where I live. A little over 30 minutes away is McCormick’s Creek State Park, which is another beautiful vacation spot.

  88. Maria Reeder says:

    I live in the upstate area of South Carolina(actually Laurens, about 30-45minutes from NC) and we have had them in the past. I noticed that the map doesn’t have them in our state but had them around us, maybe they have migrated or it’s a different species??? So I am curious to know if they’ll be back this year. And yes, I am positive that they were Cicadas bc I grew up in the Cincinnati Ohio area and know exactly what they look and sound like 😂!!

    1. Dan says:

      SC has Brood VI(6) and XIX(19).

  89. IndyGuy says:

    I live in Indianapolis close to Eagle Creek Park (lot of trees there) on the northwest side. How bad are the cicadas in Indianapolis (outside of downtown area) or northwest side in general? I’ve read that in Indiana Brood X is worst in south-central Indiana, but I haven’t seen as much on Indianapolis itself.

    1. slime74 says:

      We lived at Fort Harrison on the east side of Indy in 2004. They were everywhere. It was crazy. I moved to southern Indiana, south of Bloomington, and not sure what to expect now, but I’m looking forward to it.

  90. Alana says:

    I live in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County TN right next to Wilson County. Should we expect to see some here? I know this is about Brood X,but will there be others here this year?

    1. Dan says:

      There was a sighting in 1988 between Murfreesboro and Woodbury. Other than that, you can look for the less-multitudinous annual cicadas like Neotibicen and Megatibicen. See this list of cicadas for Tennessee.

  91. Janeen Parrish says:

    I have to leave MD when Brood X arrives. Headed to Glen Allen, VA, Richmond suburb. As I read the data, I should be safe there. Do you agree?

    1. Dan says:

      Glen Allen, VA is outside the Brood X zone.

  92. Christopher Wood says:

    Pilot holes showing up in the yard in Maryland

    https://twitter.com/realpotatus/status/1370439315088576513?s=21

  93. Terry says:

    Is it okay to lightly prune trees before covering them? Is nylon netting from a fabric store okay as long as the openings are less than 1/2 inch in diameter?
    Thank you so much,
    Terry

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t know the answer to the pruning question. If it were me, I’d shoot for a 1/4″ diameter.

  94. Brandi says:

    Hey there! I’ve seen Southwestern VA listed on some sites stating we will be apart of the 2021 brood x boom, and others we aren’t included. Any clarification that I could get, I’d appreciate!!! Thank you!

    1. Dan says:

      This is the map I trust most. Looks like they’re there, but not as dense as the D.C. area.

  95. Raven says:

    Hi! You’re amazing for answering all these questions. I was looking at the map and zoomed in and didn’t see anything for the area in Prince Georges County, MD that I am. Specifically landover area. Am I reading that right ?

    1. Dan says:

      They’ll be in that county, but mostly on the westside. West of 301.

  96. Jam says:

    Hello!! I live in Chicago and am writing some programming for kids through the Garfield Park Conservatory! I’m trying to figure out the likelihood of having a significant population of periodical cicadas within the city. I’ve never lived through one of these events before, so I’m not sure what to expect, just some city-slicker stragglers or a healthy hoarde?? Any guesses or guidance is welcome!

    1. Dan says:

      2024 will be the big year for Chicago (Brood XIII). There will be some in southwest Illinois, and more in Indiana. You can talk about the summertime cicadas like Neotibicen and Megatibicen found on this page.

  97. Patsy Helmetag says:

    Cecily Cicada , 2021 is out and available on Amazon. Sweet story about a Brood X cicada who emerges to “embrace life at last.” For Agee 2-10. Wonderful way to teach your child about the lifecycle of the 17-year cicadas. Sold 11,000 copies in DC area in 2004. All newly illustrated.

  98. LoriS says:

    We are planning a trip to Hocking Hills, Ohio in mid May. This is Logan County. Good idea or should we look other places this time around for our hiking experiences?? Lol

    1. Sara P says:

      I’m here for the same reason… after looking through the info and comments I think we’ll push our trip back to late June or July. Rather be sweating in warmer weather than have the dudes pinging off of us!

  99. Melissa Zientek says:

    Do cicadas like water? We have a pool and I’m wondering how much cleaning we’ll have to do. Also, do they tend to die/burrow abruptly at the same time or is it spread out over the several week period?

    1. Dan says:

      They don’t like it, but they’re not geniuses and will fly into the water and drown, or just fall in when they die.

      Get ready for this:

      Pool filter basket filled with cicadas by Brian Oliva  These are Magicicada cicadas from Brood XIV that emerged in 2008 Photo by Brian Olivia.

    2. Mike Huffer says:

      In 2017 the yough river was covered with them and the fish were in a feeding frenzy.One of them has as much protien as 15 mayflies.they lay on their backs and flutter and buzz.a big tan beetle works great for trout and bass.

  100. Margot Anderson says:

    Deep Creek Lake, MD – Garrett County? The map looks strangely empty in the lake area, though they appear to be elsewhere in the county. Could it be true that they will not be in the lake area? Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      This is true.

  101. Christine Segatti says:

    This is excellent! And I just gotta say, the mouse pointer turning into a Cicada is BRILLIANT!!

  102. MHA says:

    Was planning a trip to Deep Creek Lake in Garret County, MD in late May. When I zoom in on the map (https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_10/) it shows not sign of cicadas – can this be true?

    1. Dan says:

      Looks like it, but if you want to see/hear them, they’ll be a day trip away.

  103. Sue Baer says:

    Please tell me if Pittsburgh, PA is going to get any? I have trauma issues with grasshoppers and to me these are the same. Do I need to get out and go to AZ?

    1. Dan says:

      None for Pittsburg this year.

  104. Loretta says:

    Will they emerge in Graham, NC?

    1. Dan says:

      Closer to Elkin NC.

  105. Mark Klinkert says:

    How about Preston County WV? Too far west?

    1. Dan says:

      I see at least one data point for Preston County WV, west of Reedsville, but nothing like the massive emergence eastern Maryland will see.

  106. Pam says:

    I’m in Great Falls, VA (Fairfax County). Great Falls (nor neighboring McLean) are mentioned on the list for cicadas. Should I assume we will get some since we are next to Reston and Sterling (on the list)? Can I assume maybe a bit fewer than those listed? Also, we did a a lot of landscaping (and tree removal) in the past 5 years. Could that prevent a giant swarm of cicadas at our house? The 2004 experience scarred me – just trying to mentally prepare. :)

    1. Dan says:

      Zoom in on this map. If you see a cicada icon in your town, you should expect them, but if you’ve removed the trees from your yard, you removed their home, so maybe not. Check with people who lived in your neighborhood 17 years ago.

  107. Hannah says:

    Will there be any near the Southwestern part of Virginia? I’m in Russell County.

    1. Dan says:

      There were sightings in Scott county in 1988 (not sure about 2004). So yes, but maybe not as dense

  108. Heather Rascona says:

    How long does the “peak” last?

    1. Dan says:

      Each emergence event is different, but usually, one to two weeks. The entire event, from the first nymph to having to rake up their corpses will take about 4-6 weeks.

  109. Andrew Bailey says:

    What about Delaware beaches – Rehoboth. Or Ocean City Maryland?

    1. Dan says:

      No. Nothing like non-Delmarva Maryland.

  110. Marci says:

    What about Poolesville MD May 15th we are having an outdoor event?

    1. Dan says:

      They’re probably in the area, but looking at the map on this page it doesn’t seem so dense. That said, May 15th will probably be early in the emergence and not the crazy part,

  111. Angela Fisher says:

    Are the cicadas coming to Washington Pennsylvania

    1. Dan says:

      No for Washington, PA.

  112. Linda S says:

    I’m in Fairfax County, I was not here in 2004, I was living on Staten Island. I had planned to go to Mt Vernon in late May, will the Cicadas be a big problem at that point or more likely in June? When will they be gone?

    1. Dan says:

      George Washington’s Mount Vernon? They can be around anywhere between the last 2 weeks of May and all of June. Just stay away from trees and you’ll be fine.

  113. Melanie says:

    I know you guys are talking about mostly mid Atlantic states and being from Maryland I remember them all to well. But I have moved to Oakfield Maine, about 20 miles from Canada. I am concerned because I have at least 3 large gardens and some new fruit trees. Are these pesky bugs expected to make an appearance this far north???

    1. Dan says:

      @Melanie, Maine has cicadas, but not this type. The type in Maine are solitary, and few in number.

  114. SydvEvans says:

    Is there anything i can do to prevent them on my young trees?

    1. Dan says:

      Yes. You can use insect barrier tape to keep them from crawling up the trunk in the first place, and then you can put netting over the trees to keep them from flying onto the trees. You can spray them off with a hose. You can manually pick them off. More tips here. They don’t show up everywhere, so you might get lucky and not get any.

  115. Deborah says:

    We are considering doing major a planting (including new tress) this spring. Our location is Williamsburg, Virginia. Is there a May-June emergence predicted for this part of Virginia this spring (2021)?

    1. Dan says:

      @Deborah — no Brood X cicadas for Williamsburg. Proceed with your planting.

      1. Deborah says:

        Thank you!

  116. Sawyer says:

    Will they be in the Raleigh North Carolina area?

    1. Dan says:

      @Sawyer. No for Raleigh.

  117. Donna says:

    Baltimore County is on your list for Maryland. What about Baltimore City?

    1. Dan says:

      @Donna, absolutely, but they’ll be in areas where there’s plenty of trees. Zoom in on this map, and you’ll see were they were in 2004.

      1. Donna says:

        Thanks

  118. Kelsey says:

    Hello! We had a significant emergence in DuPage County, IL in 2007 (Brood XIII as I understand it), so we’re a few years out yet until they’re due back. But last year we also had a big emergence in pockets around DuPage. Do you think that was XIII coming early, or early Brood X that made their way over here 17 years ago to lay eggs? Are they known to travel after they’ve emerged? Thanks!

    1. Dan says:

      @Kelsey, usually when parts of brood emerge early they emerge 4 or 1 year early — 4 in the case Brood XIII last year. There’s a chance, but I don’t think you’ll see many in your area this year.

  119. Laureen says:

    Hi I just moved to fairfax Va, will they be here ? And if so what does it mean ? I can’t sit outside anymore ? Will everybody stay inside for that time ? My anxiety shots to the roof ! I am super nervous.

    1. Dan says:

      Depends on your personality. Most people get used to them after a week or so. The screaming only lasts 3-4 weeks. They usually don’t sing between 5pm and 10am — so you can have fun outside during the evening. For most the worst part is the cleanup.

  120. Christie says:

    Will they be in Augusta Georgia? (Richmond County)

    1. Dan says:

      No for Augusta Georgia.

  121. Debbie says:

    Hi Dan, heading to Rocky Gap, near Cumberland,MD the end of May. Might you have any data on how many might be in that area over memorial day weekend?

    1. Dan says:

      @Debbie, they’ll be in the area for sure. Maybe not the exact location you’re going to, but definitely near by.

  122. Anonymous says:

    Hello, the map kinda confuses me, I live in South Bend, Indiana which is on the border with Michigan. It doesn’t show a Ciqada icon but does the “X” and circle. Does that mean they will show up here? Thank you.

    1. Dan says:

      The blue ones are records from 1923, and need to be verified. The gold ones are from 1987. The “cicada” icons are from 2004, I believe.

  123. Anonymous says:

    Hello. I am thinking of taking a vacation to Earleville, MD in May…am I safe? Thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      Hmmm… Earlville is in Cecil count, and Brood X is in Cecil county. Check this map. If you go in early May, they shouldn’t be an issue.

  124. Darwindante says:

    Why do the periodical cicada sonly emerge in certain states/places? I’m in Mn

    1. Dan says:

      Might need a book’s worth of writing to answer that, but… Imagine back 12-10K years when much of North America was covered with glaciers. At that point, the cicadas were likely in what is now the southern United States & Mexico. As glaciers melted and the climate warmed, the trees cicadas are parasites of started to spread from the south to north, and the cicadas moved with them. But glaciers didn’t melt off everywhere at the same time, and the trees didn’t spread everywhere evenly. That’s why cicadas are where they are, but why are there different broods, and why don’t they all emerge every 13 years (as they do the in mostly in the south) and 17 years as they do (mostly in the north)? These cicadas can vary the number of years they stay under ground. While most will stick to their 13 or 17 year cycles, occasionally a large, sustainable group will emerge 4 years early or 4 years late, and they can break off to form a new brood. This could be in response to climate, over-crowding, maybe signals of drought or flood that they receive from the trees they drink from. Something signals them to either wait or emerge early — either “decision” could result in the successful development of a new Brood, while the rest of the parent brood might emerge and perish.

      To sum it up: where they are is mostly due to where and how quickly their host trees spread once the climate warmed and glaciers retreated. The fact that there are different Broods and they don’t all emerge at the same time has to do with their ability to break off to form new broods by varying their lifecycle by a factor of four years, probably due to climactic signals they get from their host trees.

      I need a time machine to check for sure.

  125. Rebecca says:

    We recently moved to Clemmons, NC. Will they come here? (My husband’s a musician with a home studio – I told him, to be safe, he better record his guitar tracks before May!) 😳

    1. Dan says:

      @Rebecca, looks like there’s a cluster by Wilkesboro (zoom in on this map). Just to be safe he could record up to early May, or July when they’re gone.

      1. Rebecca says:

        I will tell him. Thank you!

        1. Sonja says:

          And he could record the cicadas’ wild singing and use it on some tracks. I just read that it tends to be around 1.7 kHZ, which translates to the pitch A, an octave plus a sixth above middle C. Might be a great drone.

  126. Kiran says:

    Hello will they be in New York City this year? How about Ann Arbor?

    1. Dan says:

      Hi, not in NYC — they’ll be in Staten Island in 2030 (Brood II). They should be in Ann Arbor county,

  127. Richard Nostrandt says:

    They came out in Virginia in 2020.

  128. Jessica Herring says:

    I’m in Upper Marlboro, MD. In 2004, I was in Fairfax, VA and it was awful. I know I’m still in range according to the map, but it appears I’m closer to the outskirts. Any chance it’ll be less severe in Upper Marlboro than in Fairfax?

    1. Dan says:

      @Jessica, zooming in on this map, it looks like they’ll be in the area, but not as intense based on the lack of data points in the area.

  129. George says:

    What about fayette city PA and bentleyville PA?

    1. Dan says:

      @George, no for Bentleyville PA.

      1. George says:

        what about fayette city?

        1. Dan says:

          Pennsylvania? Not this year.

  130. Serenity says:

    Hi,
    I’m hoping to visit Howard County MD to see the Cicadas this year (2021) – what is the best time to see them in their full glory?
    Thanks!

  131. Joanne Fairbanks says:

    My daughter is getting married in Friendsville MD on June 12 (outside). Will we have a horrible problem with the cicadas?

    1. Dan says:

      Friendsville MD is just west of the Brood. You should be OK. Looking at this map.

  132. Penny Rodgers says:

    we live in Ohio…near the Pennsylvania border (Columbiana County) ..will the cicada’s hit here?

    1. Dan says:

      @Penny, no you are safe.

  133. Jennifer Crossno says:

    Thank you for the helpful information.I am very concerned abouy my daughters graduation party this year with a pandemic…all we have is the outdoors. Is there any way to yell how the North Olmsted Ohio area looks? Thanks so much

    1. Dan says:

      @Jennifer, no cicadas in your area this year.

  134. Sara says:

    I’m going to visit Brentwood, Tennessee this year in late May, will they be in that area?

    1. Dan says:

      @Sara, zooming in on this map, looks like they’re on the north-east side of Nashville if anything.

  135. Luke says:

    Hello! I live in louisiana and it’s always been on my bucket list to see the cicadas swarm. When and where would you suggest be the best place to visit?

    1. Dan says:

      @Luke, I think northern Kentucky/southern Indiana would be closest to you. Take a look at this map. Cincinnati isn’t bad. Princeton, NJ is good too. I think Maryland has the most.

      1. Sonja says:

        I lived in Bloomington, Indiana in 2004 and it was wonderful. I lived in a neighborhood with lots of big old trees, and worked on campus. They were everywhere and I loved experiencing their whole life cycle. Also, Brown County State Park is near there, and McCormicks Creek State Park, with nice places to stay. Have a great time, it is SO worthwhile!

  136. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Will there be any of these cicadas in Middlesex county NJ or East Brunswick Nj? Also are these cicadas dangerous at all? Thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      @Anonymous. There’s be some sightings here and there in Middlesex county, but, if anything they’ll be down in the south-western end by Princeton. They’re not dangerous — they aren’t venomous like bees, or poisonous. They’re a chance that they could cause an accident, like if you slipped on one.

  137. Emily says:

    Hi there, we are planning a trip to Shenandoah NP in early April. It seems like we should be able to avoid them at this early time right?

    1. Dan says:

      @Emily, Looking at the maps, it looks like the won’t be in the park.

  138. Heidi says:

    Hello

    Will they be in middle TN this year? Nashville?

    1. Dan says:

      They’ll be in the area, looking at this map, more north-east of the city.

  139. Diana says:

    Hi! I have an outdoor wedding planned this May, 22 in Bluemont, Virginia. Looking at the map, it looks like the area is not too affected. Could you please confirm? Trying to figure out if I need to move the wedding indoors, get a tent with walls, etc. Thank you so much!

    1. Dan says:

      It’s close. Look at this map. Too close to call. Stay away from trees,

  140. Andrew says:

    Saw one map that indicated Essex County NJ in the range, but not listed as a county that had the 2004 outbreak. Would be interested in your opinion of going to get into the County as planning to plant a lot of trees in the spring..

    1. Dan says:

      Andrew, Essex is totally safe. Feel free to plant.

      1. Shelley Ardao says:

        Hi, In 2004 there were many many in Montclair NJ especially Upper Montclair which is Essex County so I am confused with your saying Essex is safe in 2021? Local papers are preparing us. I believe I am right about it being 2004. They were everywhere!
        Also what about Columbia County NY – I am going to an outdoor only wedding there June 6th and that seems like it is going to be bad there.
        I have a horrific phobia of them after having walked home from school when I was young and was literally covered with them and had no warning, no idea what they were! Please advise. Thank you

        1. Dan says:

          @Shelly, that’s interesting. I know Brood II (1996,2013 last 2 emergences) is in Montclair, and Essex county, but I had not heard of Brood X/2004 there. Very interesting.

  141. Cameron U. says:

    Will there be any cicadas in Urbana, Maryland? Urbana is a city in Frederick

    1. Dan says:

      Looks like Urbana is in range.

  142. Sally Brumbill says:

    In the minority here I know but we would love to have a full cicada experience learning and witnessing with a biologist. Son lives in Michigan and we are in Atlanta. We’d like to meet half way or at least in between Memorial Day weekend. Any suggestions

  143. Brandon says:

    Will they come to Forestville Maryland or District Heights Maryland?

    1. Dan says:

      Looks like they are in range.

  144. Deborah says:

    I live in Montoursville PA in Lycoming County …. this is my first year dealing with these ones … Nack in 1980 on Staten Island NY I went on my little sister class trip with her at a park and we were being swarmed by Cicadas… up till that moment I had never heard of them. My question is how bad will it be by me this year, getting a bit nervous and wondering if I should go visit my sister in AZ durning that time ??

  145. Oh please say it is not so ! I have never enjoyed these horrible bugs. In Virginia can you tell me do they appear to skip the Culpeper area this time?

    1. Keith Seagraves says:

      Yeah, I don’t think they can ‘skip’. If you have them in 2004 and you’ll have them again. The biggest misnomer I see is that most folks don’t know which Brood they have and for a state like Tennessee, every time there’s a cicada watch, everyone freaks out becaus of the 4 or 5 emergences we experience across the state.

      Brood X is a large emergence that covers parts of VA. Get your ear plugs ready this May.

  146. Leah B says:

    Why do they not appear in South Carolina?

    1. Dan says:

      Brood XIX, a different brood, appears in South Carolina. They will emerge in 2024.

    2. Peggy Shrefler says:

      Why aren’t they coming to South Carolina?

      1. Dan says:

        @Peggy, Brood X does not exist in South Carolina. It simply does not exist in SC A different Brood, Brood XIX (19) does, and they’ll emerge in 2024.

  147. dina dice says:

    our BIG controversy, do they kill trees one site says yes branches and after attaching to the roots the to feed and hibernate, and they love cherry and pear trees, any help out there.

    1. Dan says:

      @Dina, it depends on the species, but these Magicicada species harm trees by killing branches when they lay their eggs. If enough branches die, the tree dies. I’m talking about the weak species, mostly non-natives like pears and cherries. Strong North American species like Oaks and Maples handle them well. Again, it’s more about the branches than the roots.

      1. Sea Wolf says:

        The trees don’t die. They lose some of the outer branch tips where the wood is thin and twiggy. Main branches do not die, nor does the entire tree. The damaged ends will fall off or be pruned off and next spring the tree grows more branches. The female lays eggs in the wood under the bark. Doing so does damage the wood and weakens the structure. If the branch is very thin, and they prefer new growth to old branches, it will die off and break away at the point the eggs were laid.

  148. Josh says:

    Will Northern Dayton, Ohio get them?

    1. Dan says:

      @Josh, yes it should — maybe not as much as Southern Dayton.

  149. Dee says:

    I’m in Southern Wayne county in PA, will we be part of the action?

    1. Dan says:

      @Dee, it doesn’t look like it based on previous emergences.

  150. Cindy says:

    We live in Baltimore County, Maryland and are having a large amount of our yard dug up for new hardscape and landscaping from mid-April to early May. The lawn will be completely re-sodded or re-seeded and a vast amount of soil will be turned up to create a tiered garden across the entire width of our backyard. What impact might that have on the emergence of the cicadas?

    1. Dan says:

      @Cindy, probably not good for cicadas. Depends on how deep you’re digging — they might be able to retreat down their tunnels, and then dig out again.

  151. Kim Wigginton says:

    We are planning a Barn Wedding in Smithfield Ky (off of 1-71 near LaGrange Ky/Oldham Co) for June 12, 2021. The actual event area does not have many trees since it around two lakes. However, the farm has plenty of trees in view. Do you think cicadas in that area at that time will present a problem with an outdoor wedding? Now is the time to change plans if needed:)

    1. Dan says:

      @Kim, you’ll probably hear them, but as long as you’re 200 feet away from trees, you should be fine. You don’t want to be underneath the tree.

  152. MSG Bob says:

    Living in Indianapolis, IN, I know I can expect Brood X emergence in May. Thought that occurred to me, though – they swarmed particularly on an evergreen tree in my front yard which has since died and been removed, Is that going to change the characteristics of their behavior in my neighborhood, and if so, how?

    1. Dan says:

      @MSG Bob, they’ll likely gravitate to other parts of the neighborhood that still have trees. I’ve seen cicadas emerge where their host trees died or were removed.

  153. Steve C says:

    We live in North Central WV, near Clarksburg. Do you feel they will be in similar numbers as Eastern WV this 2021 Spring/Summer? We were debating whether to plant fruit trees this spring…. Should we wait to Fall? Thank you

    1. Dan says:

      @Steve, Checking the maps, it looks like you’ll be free of Periodical cicadas this year. Brood X is in the eastern portion of WV. That said, if you wish to err on the side of caution, Periodical cicadas are typically done doing their thing by July 1st.

  154. Chris says:

    I live in Cincinnati, OH and I remember these aliens from the last 17 year cycle.
    Take this advice as u wish…Football helmet bad idea, Tennis racket, life saver!
    Also Ear plugs are great to keep the screams of these spawns of satan from deafining ur day!

    1. Dee says:

      I’m with you Chris! I’m dreading the down if Satan In Cincinnati too! Wish we could escape!

  155. Cam Pratt says:

    I’m in British Columbia, Canada I was wondering if its possible cicadas coukd make there way this way and what kind of environmental impacts could they present, also on a side note is it at all possible to keep them as pets.

    1. Dan says:

      @Cam, British Columbia has 12 species of cicadas. Cicadas, at least those in North America, don’t invade areas outside of their preferred environment, unlike other insects like lantern flies. Most North American species do not pose a problem for agriculture or plants in general, so no worries there. You can keep them as a pet in their adult form, but they don’t live long, so they won’t be much fun.

  156. Robbin Goodin says:

    I plan to leave the State. If I could leave for the whole 4 weeks I would. Terrified. Wish I could join the ranks of those who think it is cool. Crunching as my dad and I walked in 1970 did it for me. Just awful.

    I have seen them emerge for the ground, climb the trees and come out of their skins though, in VA. None were flying so it was ok, and pretty cool. Maybe I could just build a bubble around myself for the 4 weeks. Since I can’t, it’ll be the treadmill for me.

  157. Anne says:

    I live in Cincinnati. Will this brood mostly be on trees or swarming constantly in the open air as well? I hate them!

    1. Dan says:

      Swarming near trees and on trees.

      1. Casey C says:

        I am from Florence, KY. I don’t ever remember them doing any more than staying around the trees. I never saw them on cars, ground, walls, only heard them in the trees. This is my second 17Y brood

  158. Michele says:

    We live in Cruso,NC in Haywood County. We’re about 4,000′ up. Should we expect them here?

    1. Dan says:

      Probably not. There’s some random sightings closer to Asheville, and a decent cluster around Elkin.

      1. Ann Concannon says:

        How about Burnsville NC. We have grafted new apple trees.

        1. Dan says:

          There’s a few sightings around Yancy county, looking at this map, but it doesn’t see that dense. Ask someone who lived in the area 17 years ago.

  159. Phobic says:

    As someone who lived in Baltimore, and then DC for the 1987/2004 emergences, I was and still am quite traumatized from the experience.

    I now live in Philadelphia. My memory recalls a visit to Philly in 2004 during the emergence, and there were none apparent there.

    Might I get lucky this year? SE Pennsylvania is marked as a location on the brood x maps I’ve seen, but maybe the city proper doesn’t get many?

    Please give me some hope!

  160. Karen Leeman says:

    I survived the last appearance, barely! Honestly, it gave me nightmares. When I walked my dog, it was like being in a horror movie! I want to go away for 4 weeks. Considering Chicago. Please advise on when to be away! Should I leave in the beginning, or leave in June and plan to stay away that whole month? Advice appreciated. Karen L.

    1. Dan says:

      Since they are activated by temperature, it will depend on the weather, but the last week of May and first two weeks of June will be the most intense.

  161. Christopher Wood says:

    How rare are the blue eyed cicadas. I found one during the early emergence in 2017.

    https://twitter.com/realpotatus/status/1359724437638103042?s=21

    1. Dan says:

      About 1 in 10,000.

      1. Christopher Wood says:

        Thanks. One behavior I noticed in 2004, but I can’t seem to find any video documenting is how all the cicacda in a tree will sing in unison and then when the cycle was done, every single individual would hop to another branch. Is there any video of this I can show my friends?

  162. Sandy Maris says:

    We are trying to plan a fly fishing trip around the hatch. We hope to fish the Holston, maybe around Bristol area. What dates would you suggest? We are coming from as far away as Colorado and are looking for informed predictions. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  163. Kim says:

    How is it possible all the counties around me in Maryland are listed but not Frederick County? I live in zip code 21754. I realize they will not be too far to find near me if this is true?

    1. Dan says:

      It’s totally impossible.

  164. Tina Manion says:

    We planned on going camping at the Kentucky Horsepark the third week in May. Will the cicadas emerge there?

    1. Dan says:

      Near Lexington? The cicadas are closer to Fort Knox and Louisville.

  165. Lenore says:

    My sons were fascinated by them the last time they appeared. One even wrote a college application essay about them. But the best part was that our 9-inch leopard gecko loved them and we didn’t have to buy food for her for a month. She’s 23.5 years old now — geriatric for her species — and I’m really hoping she survives at least through May so she can enjoy them one more time.

    1. Brooke says:

      That’s neat! Post a picture!

  166. Matthew says:

    I remember 2004 in loudoun county was crazy! I was restoring an old early 1800s house. I was down to painting it and the cicadas were everywhere. They would land in the wet paint. They also made fishing terrible that year. Fish were full of them and wouldn’t bite anything else. This year I’m in Shenandoah County. We had a brood hatch in 13 I believe it was. Now I’m looking forward to this one to compare.

  167. Susan Struthers says:

    Please help! I am actually phobic over wings so you can imagine what happens. I live in Northern Virginia and need to escape as soon as my dog begins scratching the ground. Clarksburg, MD is not listed. Does that mean it will not play host to Brood X this year. Failing that, how far do the dog and I have to drive to get away from them? I’m not kidding about this. I’ve had anxiety since last year just thinking about it. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

    1. Dan says:

      I was looking at another map, on one on this page and Clarksburg is in range. How far to get away? Most of Virginia is clear, and is most of Delmarva.

      1. Deborah Bishop says:

        Susan, I hear ya. Just moved to KY from CA. I’m terrified-never experienced them and never want to.

        1. Anonymous Octopus says:

          It can be a little freaky when they first emerge, but honestly you get used to them after awhile. I was 20 the last time they emerged and I remember one landing on my pants leg the first week and I freaked and made my boyfriend get it off. By the second week, I just brushed them off if they were near me.

  168. C. Thompson says:

    I live in Northeast Arkansas.
    1. Trying to locate the closest point to my home to see a good gathering, probably in Eastern Tennessee or Eastern Kentucky. We want to take our grandchildren to see this phenomenon.
    2. Will there ever be a brood in Northeast Arkansas, or do all broods emerge in the same areas shown on your map? Around here, I’ve never seen more than the occasional dried out shell or two on a tree.

    1. Dan says:

      I think Mclean county Kentucky is the closest to you. Look at this map.

  169. Bly Clay says:

    I live near Lake Erie, Rollercoaster capital aka Cedar Point, and we get mayflies that cover whole streets, cars and lots. They come up on weather radar like a tropical storm would. I believe I’ve seen these red eyed Cicada’s before. I use to hang their shells on my shirt as a kid every summer.

    1. Shannon says:

      The Red Eyes, big bug hitting the windshield descriptions on here surely reminds of West Virginia St Mary’s/Ohio River area “Moth Man.” I read that an emergence a couple of years ago in Las Vegas of cousin grasshoppers had Evel Pie, a pizza place, putting them on the menu as a topping with lime, etc.

      1. Dan says:

        I like that! Point Pleasant, WV, where the Mothman Museum is, is in Brood XIV territory. Some of Brood XIV may emerge early this year.

  170. Greta says:

    Wondering if you could suggest the best area to travel to see the most Brood X cicadas? And also which week might be the best to consider traveling? I’m hoping to book an Airbnb (or find a campsite) soonish. I’m so excited!

    1. Dan says:

      The Princeton NJ area was good for me in 2004.

      1. Renee Van Schoor says:

        Howard County in Maryland always comes through. This will be our third emergence. In 2004 you could hear the emergence progress through our neighborhood.

        1. Renee Van Schoor says:

          I have to add that as they decompose I find their odor pretty gross.

          1. Dan says:

            I agree! They smell like rotting bacon.

        2. K Bridges says:

          We moved to HoCo in 2009 so this will be my first experience. I have heard stories though. I think I’ll just keep reminding myself that it’s good they don’t bite… gulp.

          1. Ileana D-U says:

            Hi,
            We moved to Columbia in 1998. I remember these Cicadas pretty well. Our back yard was blanketed by them. I don’t know why, but they marched steadily toward our back door (well, the wall) – a sliding glass door. It looked like something from a Science Fiction B movie. I knew nothing about them before 2004. It was a scary sight, but I stopped worrying when I found out more about them.

            Our dog decided they were tasty snacks and he was too fast at grabbing them when they were flying. He was a 25 lb rat terrier (the “Giant” rat terrier size). There was conflicting info about whether to allow your pets to eat them. They’re not harmful although you should never let a dog feast on something. [One or two grapes are fine, but some dogs at a vineyard ate a lot and it killed them.] Rat terriers have kind of narrow necks so the only issue is swallowing them, because he didn’t really munch on them, just grab and swallow. It was fine except for one time when, I think, one of the Cicadas must have moved at the back of his throat (or toward the top of his esophagus). He just looked puzzled and briefly uncomfortable, but all went well. It did not at all deter him from going after more. So, with smaller dogs you might want to be careful. I don’t know about cats; I’m sure they’ll enjoy chasing them, but cats don’t usually swallow stuff whole and they don’t always eat what the play with.

    2. Lois says:

      Ann Arbor is great if you’ll be in Michigan. Based on what I saw (and heard!) in 1987 and 2004, I’d say that the epicenter of cicada activity was Domino’s Farms on the northeast side of the city. There’s been some development out there but the site retains a good mixture of open and forested land. Our Brood X buddies appeared in very early June 2004.

    3. Retha Alexander says:

      They were crazy around Knoxville in 2004, so hoping for the same this time.

    4. Jennifer says:

      There were tons of cicadas in the PG County region of MD last time around. There’s a great campground (tents, RVS, cabins) in PG County called Cherry Hill Park. Full of cicadas last time around; we’ll see what happens this year!

  171. Penwal says:

    How long do they last? I live in Seymour Tn it’s not the amount that will bother me it’s the crunch if I step on them will they emerge here?

    1. Dan says:

      About 4 weeks.

    2. Retha Alexander says:

      Lol. Same here in Knoxville. When they hit the windshield is the worst.

  172. Marilyn says:

    I remember in 2004, my company had tickets for a Detroit Tigers baseball game. Suddenly a dark cloud approached. CACADAS!! THOUSANDS!! We ran screaming from our seats back to our bus. They were everywhere & on everyone! That was the end of our outing! To top it off, I live near Ann Arbor, Michigan where they are due to arrive this year!

  173. marion Lalich says:

    Will we see the Brood X 2021 cicada in and around chicago, IL?

    1. Dan says:

      @Marion, no Brood X for Chicago, but you’ll get Brood XIII in 3 years.

  174. BlueAnubis says:

    I wish I could find glory in these things like some of the commenters here. But I lived smack dab in the thick of it last go round and that was quite enough for a lifetime. This year I’m “bugging out” to the land of far, far away until it’s all over. Egads!

    1. Cienna Short says:

      Where is the best place to find cicadas? Like what states/counties would have some of the largest concentrations?

      1. Dan says:

        Princeton, NJ. Cincinnati, OH. Everywhere between D.C. and Baltimore. The best places are usually suburbs with old trees and parks — places with trees, places where trees meet fields. Usually not downtown cities, or suburbs where all the trees were ripped out to make tract homes, condos, or McMansions.

  175. Linda Smith says:

    Do they swarm around people like gnats do?

    1. Dan says:

      @Linda, not usually unless you use lawn equipment or power tools. The sound these tools make reminds the cicadas of their own songs, and so they’re attracted to them. I recommend mowing the lawn before 10 am or after 5 pm.

  176. Chelsie says:

    I have been dreading this May for this emergence since my youth 17 years ago. Really hoping Davidson county (Nashville, TN) does not see many. We border Wilson county and I’m sure we will see some around but this is my nightmare!!! I know they don’t bite or sting but it’s the amount that will be flying around that gives me the anxiety.

    1. Dan says:

      @Chelsie, Nashville has Broods XIX (19), which will arrive in 3 years, and XIV (14) which will arrive in 4. So, you’re lucky this year and have 3 years to prepair.

  177. Joey says:

    How about Crawford county pa Love the sound of them and how unique they are..

    1. Dan says:

      @Joey, nothing for Crawford this year. The closest is Brood VIII which won’t be around for a while.

  178. Do they bite or sting?

    1. Dan says:

      @S, no they pierce and suck read this. Sometimes they pierce people’s skin because they’re thirsty and think you might be a plant. Unlink grasshoppers or caterpillars which have mouthparts for cutting & chewing, wasps that have stingers for paralyzing prey, or mosquitos that have mouthparts for drinking blood — cicadas mouthparts are for drinking fluids from plants. So they might pierce your skin, but they’re just thinking you’re a plant and taking a drink. Nothing malicious.

      1. Linda Smith says:

        Oh, ok. That sounds pleasant! I think I’ll be moving to Vermont now!

  179. Annette says:

    I’m in St. Clair county Michigan & I sure hope they make it to my area. I love the sound! Heard them when I lived in Ohio. Fell in love!!!

  180. Jenny Shaw says:

    2004 here in Hillsdale County, MI was very noisy. I love the noise at night. It hums me to sleep.

  181. Cameron J Marietta says:

    I’m pulling my hair out of my head because I’m so interested to know if Brood X exists in South Amboy which is in Middlesex county NJ. From what I’m seeing, a minor population was recorded in western Middlesex county, closer to Princeton. We all know they’re gonna be in Princeton this year, but my town is not too far away from a minor emergence that was recorded (according to one map at least) in 2004. Either way, I cant wait any longer to see them! lol.

    1. Dan says:

      I doubt it, but you can always look and listen for them.

    2. Dan says:

      @Cameron, looking at the map Chris Simon posted on Tiwtter, there might be some spots closer to you.

      1. Cameron says:

        Thanks Dan. The new cicada website by John Cooley works wonders for me! I see there were two populations in middlesex county near Edison and East Brunswick. Thanks.

    3. Joanne Wickberg says:

      I live in Old Bridge NJ for 42 years & have seen the emerge twice over the years. South Amboy is right around the corner! You might get lucky.

      1. Cameron says:

        Wow! Thanks so much! But the emergence you saw could have been brood II? I think brood X gets very close to Brood II range. But, We’ll see! I hope so!

  182. Lincoln says:

    Are we likely to see or hear Brood X cicadas on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain?

    1. Dan says:

      Unfortunately, no.

  183. JLM says:

    I just found out about the Brood X emergence yesterday. There is a wood lot north of Ann Arbor MI that has them. My wife and I bike past them on a route we call the “cicada run” in their honor. We will certainly be listening for them.

  184. Liz R. says:

    Could their arrival and existence benefit our ecosystem more than we are willing to consider? There is a reason they keep coming back, beyond their ability to avoid predator evolution. Should we be helping these cicadas, to maybe allow them to surface more frequently?

  185. AMS says:

    I really want to see the broods this year but I’m not sure how I’ll convince my family to see a bunch of bugs. Are there any cool places such as national parks that are having emerging broods this year?

    1. Dan says:

      There are some parks listed on the page. Not sure if they’re national or state parks. Periodical cicadas thrive in areas where forests have lush undergrowth, where forests meet open fields and residential areas with lots of trees and grass lawns. So, small parks are often the best place to find and observe them.

  186. Harmain says:

    In Northern Virginia here and I am soooo excited for these little guys! One of the very few buggies I find adorable!

  187. Sara Petitt says:

    I guess this is the first time I’ll really notice them in Suffolk County. I’m usually in NYC

    1. Dan says:

      @Sara, sadly Brood X light be extinct in Long Island. The emergence was very light in 2004, and they might not have survived predators. New Jersey will have them if you’re willing to travel.

      1. LarryD517 says:

        My house (western Essex county New Jersey) hosted a massive brood (i believe it was Brood II) in 2013, which won’t return for another 9 years. I see that Brood X is expected in spring 2021, not here, but in Morristown, which is not too far away. As I’d be traveling about 15 minutes to witness the emergence, etc., I was wondering if there are specific, recommended locations where I could go. It’s far easier to open the door and walk into the yard. Are you aware of where I might go. Thanks!

        1. Dan says:

          Don’t bother with Morristown. Go to Princeton.

          1. LarryD517 says:

            Thanks. That’s closer to an hour away so it’s not as easy.

  188. A.S. says:

    Frederick County Maryland is not on your list and we are right smack in the middle Maryland, in between Montgomery and Washington counties.

    1. Devin H says:

      I lived in Frederick Maryland in the late 70’s during a big brood year! It’s the reason these things still freak me out at 53!

    2. Elease says:

      I was just checking in on this from Frederick! I’m originally from Augusta, Georgia, and was wondering what to expect around here. I thought the omission of Frederick from that list was odd, too!

  189. Ginamarie Engels says:

    Do you have a newsletter

    1. Dan says:

      No. The latest news usually ends up on the blog part of the site https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/

      You could use a service like ifttt.com to send you an email any time there’s a new post (RSS feed https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/feed/) or comment (RSS feed https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/comments/feed/).

  190. Sara says:

    @Marry Warren why are they interesting. Um thwy creep me out. They r evereywhere!!! I AM NOT A FAN

  191. Dan says:

    Some Brood X “stragglers” emerged early in 2020. See where on the map below (Green):
    May 30 map - Now with Brood V

  192. Robert Sherman says:

    lordville ny ,delaware cnty, spring 1987, massive infestation,

  193. Angela Wisdom says:

    We are witnessing many Pharaoh cicadas emerging on our property in West Chicago, IL (Dupage County) in the last few days. The casings are plentiful attached to all different kinds of plants in the flower beds. This morning I witnessed adults waiting on different leaf stems. By late morning they had flown into the tree canopy. One we watched from an early stage of shedding, dangling as it turned from light colored to it’s full dark color. Amazing! As I’m reading, I’m thinking this is Brood X emerging a year early? Wow I can’t imagine how many to expect next year if this is just “some” and most will come next year!

  194. Mary Warren says:

    Cicadas are everywhere here in Ivanhoe, VA! Tons of shells clinging to trees, flowers, and scattered on the ground. The ground is covered with holes. I’ve never witnessed this before so it’s really interesting. In eastern NC, we only saw the empty shells (which terrified me) when I was growing up. I am now seeing them actually emerging from the shell and looking like that can’t possibly develop those wings and fly. They are incredible!

  195. John B. says:

    Spotted a shell on the tree, smaller than the regular shells. Sterling Va. Arise My Minions and smite the eardrums of the unworthy!

  196. Jose Quervooo says:

    Periodical cicada spotted this morning in Vienna, VA. Early Brood X riser? Ive not seen any nymph exoskeleton. This was clearly an adult.

    1. Dan says:

      @Jose, yes, that is Brood X territory.

  197. Lisa Dukes says:

    I remember going to outdoor Easter services in Springfield VA in what must have been 1970 when I was 12. You could not hear anything for the noise of the cicadas but I thought it was amazing. When we walked around in our back yard in the Franconia area, we stepped on deep piles of husks. It was a memorable thing.

  198. JDS says:

    My son and I were both born during Brood X peaks, 34 years apart, 1970 and 2004. Him on May 28 and me on May 29. So I have these cicadas indelibly associated with mine and his birthday.

    He will be 17 on the next one, next year! I, on the other hand, will be much, much older.

    Just thought I’d mention it.

    1. Shannon says:

      I’ll always remember when they’ll be back too. I was very pregnant with my middle son the last time they were here. It doesn’t seem like it’s been almost 17yrs though. My son will be 17 next year on June 15th.

  199. James K says:

    Dan, do you believe that 2021 will still be the larger year for this brood in Northern Virginia?

    I still have very fond memories of this brood in 2004 (My Puppy JRT loved it, she even gently carried one around and set it down again before it flew off), and interestingly enough they were my first true cicada encounter as a little kid around here as well!

    Thanks.

  200. Suzanne Strickland says:

    I love cicadas and look forward to their arrival. They are a gentle, misunderstood bug and they are short living. I do understand the destruction they cause but they too have a purpose. B some wildlife will have a feast day. Their whimsical sound is short lived. Relish their beauty and gentleness. Be kind

    1. Carol Burke says:

      To live underground for 17 years, then emerge into the light and air to love and die reminds me of a Greek tragedy, a sad fate. I love cicadas too.

  201. Cameron says:

    Hey not sure if you got the other message I sent to you… but I have two questions. Do you think Brood X stragglers will emerge a year early in Princeton NJ? Also, what brood do you think the reports coming from Augusta GA are from? Thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      @Cameron. Some X should emerge in Princeton this year. Probably not as big as 3 years ago. August is X.

      1. Cameron says:

        Thanks Dan! If I see any in Princeton I will report it to cicada safari this year. I hope there will be cause we can’t travel out of state. lol

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