Cicadas Taking Over the Eastern US with More To Come

Cicadas Taking Over the Eastern US with More To Come
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As Cicadas started to emerge in various parts of the Eastern US the bulgy-eyed insects managed to generate a huge online sensation as their 100-decibel mating calls can certainly turn heads.

During the forthcoming weeks, in certain spots in the country, people will be able to see more than 1.5 million of these Brood X cicadas per acre.

The Great Eastern Brood, or otherwise known as Brood X arises to the surface after spending the last 17 years underground. This cicada species last emerged in 2004.

According to experts, this summer, people can spot them across 15 states (New Jersey, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Virginia.

According to the Cicada Safari smartphone mapping app, created by professionals at Mount St. Joseph University, this will be the largest Brood X of the 17-year cicada broods.

The emergence of the cicadas is mostly species-dependent, and they may surface every 13 or 17 years. In the US, there are 12 active broods of cicadas that emerge every 17 years and three active broods that surface every 13 years.

These bugs boast interesting insect stats (just like bees) with long life cycles and infrequent mass emergencies. Nearly all of the species spend most of their time underground waiting to emerge and lay eggs. 

They usually come out when soil temperatures reach 64º F in mid-May to early June, so we are already seeing the first wave. After finishing their “reproduction duties”, cicadas usually die within a span of a short few weeks.

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