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April 3, 2013

Periodical cicada Brood XIX (19) will emerge in 2024 in Sixteen States

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

Periodical cicada Brood XIX (19) will emerge in the spring of 2024 in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The last time Brood XIX emerged was in 2011.

Special note: Brood XIII will also emerge in 2024.

What, when, where, and why:


Millions of these:
Adult, Nymph, Molting Cicada

  • Cicada insects with a 13-year life cycle.
  • Some people call them “locusts” but they are really cicadas.
  • Which species: All four 13-year species:
    • Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000. Range includes: AR, IL, IN, KS, KY MO, & OK.
    • Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868). Range includes: AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN & VA
    • Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962
    • Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962
  • NOT the green cicadas that arrive annually.

Brood XIX has a 13-year cycle. It is interesting because it features both Magicicada neotredecim and Magicicada tredecim. These cicadas are very similar in song and appearance, but in areas where they overlap, Magicicada neotredecim alters its song to a higher pitch, which allows female cicadas to determine the species of their prospective mates. Visit Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly for more info on this behavior.

M. tredecim also have more orange on their abdomen than M. neotredecim.
Compare 13 year decims

When: Typically beginning in mid-May and ending in late June. These cicadas will begin to emerge approximately when the soil 8 inches beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence.

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


Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly has the most up to date maps.

  • Alabama counties: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Choctaw, Clarke, Crenshaw, Elmore, Etowah, Greene, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Monroe, Montgomery, Russell, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Wilcox
  • Arkansas counties: Boone, Futon, Howard, Izard, Lawrence, Marion, Montgomery, Pike, Scott, Searcy, Sevier, Sharp, Washington, Yell
  • Georgia counties: Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Columbia, Elbert, Greene, Harris, Houston, Jasper, McDuffie, Monroe, Muscogee, Oconee, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Richmond, Stephens, Taliaferro, Troup, Waren, Wilkes
  • Illinois counties: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Cumberland, De Witt, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hancock, Iroquois, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Moultrie, Pike, Pope, Saline, Shelby, Vermillion, Washington, Williamson
  • Indiana counties: Posey
  • Kentucky counties: Allen, Caldwell, Christian, Trigg
  • Louisiana parishes: Caddo, Claiborne, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Washington, Webster. Parish information comes from older literature, and might not be as accurate as recent information.
  • Maryland counties: St Marys
  • Missouri counties: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carter, Clark, Cooper, Dent, iron, Jackson, Knox, Louis, Lincoln, Macon, Maries, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan, Oregon, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Ralls, Reynolds, St. Carles, St Francois, St Louis
  • Mississippi counties: Kemper, Newton
  • North Carolina counties: Buncombe, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rowan, Stanly, Union
  • Oklahoma counties: McCurtain
  • South Carolina counties: Aiken, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Lancaster, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Union, York
  • Tennessee counties: Blount, Cheatham, Clay, Davidson, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Loudon, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Putnam, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Smith, Stewart, Summer
  • Virginia counties: Caroline, Glouchester, Halifax, James City, King and Queen, King William, Middlesex, New Kent, York

More Location Tips:

Why: Why do they stay underground for 13-years? The prevailing research suggests they’ve evolved a long, 13-year lifecycle allowing them to avoid predators that would sync up with their lifecycle & emergence. Why are there so many?! Research suggests that their huge numbers allow them to overwhelm predators, so enough of them will live on to breed and perpetuate the brood.

More facts and fun:

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

See a modern map, or the Live Map from the Cicada Safari app.
Marlatt 1907 19 Brood XIX


  1. Linda Wilson says:

    I live in New Orleans USA snd thought I heard a cicada singing yesterday afternoon. Just once. We had a lot of cicadas this past season here. Is it possible this was a cicada?

    1. Dan says:

      It is possible. A species like Megatibicen figuratus (Walker, 1858) aka Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada are know to sing as late as December.

  2. Renee Lee says:

    why is NYS left out of this cicada forecast ? I’m in the Hudson Valley , NY (NYC metro area) . I saw the other broods emerge , right on sched : 1990 and 2007 . They were big and impressive. Now, if you look at this article ; they act like NY won’t have ANY cicadas. I’m here to tell you , we get them and i expect them in 2024 . And i’m excited too !!!!

    1. Dan says:

      @Renee, a 1990/2007/2024 cycle would be Brood XIII (not XIX). Reach out to John Cooley who is one of the leads for documenting brood locations. and let us know when they arrive next year so we can formally document them.

  3. Shelly Smith says:

    Cicada’s are all over Irving, TX where I live. They disappeared about a month ago but they were so loud I couldn’t hear the person next to me talk. It’s interesting how their noise level goes in waves. I would love to know what type we have and if 2023 was an overlapping of broods? Or if 2024 will be even worse? All summer long I was cleaning up carcasses off my porch.

  4. Bob Broyles says:

    I have at least three early _Magicicada tredecassini_, singing 30 May to date (04 June, 2023) Rural Butler County Kansas, near Towanda I have a 28 second Recording available.

  5. Cyndi Firnbach says:

    I hear a cicada or two…I am on the border of St. Francois county, in Washington county mo. Would this be brood 19 early birds?

    1. Dan says:

      Correct Cindy! Brood XIX/19.

  6. Dan says:

    Some Brood XIX “stragglers” emerged early in 2020. See where in the map below:
    May 30 map - Now with Brood V

  7. Jake says:

    Sangamon County (Springfield) IL is not listed as a Brood XIX area, but it is highlighted in the 2020 stragglers map.

  8. Tom says:

    Brood XIX in South Gifford, MO June 2011

    1. Dan says:

      the video is marked as:
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  9. Kayla Frost says:

    Hi! Didn’t see Greenwood, SC on the list for Brood XIX but we absolutely got them in 2011! <3 Can't wait to see them again.

    1. Camilla MCDevitt says:

      They were definitely in Greenwood. Unlike you, I am not looking forward to their reemergence next year. They were everywhere and the noise was incredible. Sounded like car alarms going off nonstop.

  10. RomHead says:

    Confirming emergents in Morgan County, AL.

  11. Katie Fobert says:

    They are emerging by the hundreds today in Channahon IL. 60410. I wasn’t expecting any this year , but I wasn’t really keeping track. We are on the edge of will and grundy county

  12. David Ledgerwood says:

    We have had hundreds of these little creatures come up around our front porch in the past week or so. I have had to sweep them up and gather them with a shovel just to clear a path to get out of the house without stepping on them. Those that are not in the way we leave alone. We have 2 puppies who have also been helping :-/

    1. Stav C says:

      Hey David, can you share approximately where you’re located? Are there any good camping places? I really want to go camp somewhere this weekend where I can see the brood emerging :).

  13. Jon says:

    “What, when, where, and why:”

    No “why” is provided for early emergence Brood 19

    1. Dan says:

      @Jon, thanks. I’ve added that paragraph to the page.

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