2013 Brood II Cicada Invasion: Have You Seen Any?

Cicadas are swarming in parts of Northern Virginia—but they may not be in your neighborhood. Here's why.

If you haven’t seen a swarm of cicadas in your neighborhood already, you may not see very many—or any—of the bugs this summer.

The 17-year Brood II cicadas, which were expected to blanket the East Coast from North Carolina through New England this summer, are very prevalent in some areas but not others.

There are spotty reports from residents seeing cicadas in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County.

In Burke, Lorton, Centreville, Prince William County and elsewhere, residents have reported seeing dozens of cicadas on trees, in the grass and in the air. Reports of cicada invasions are also coming in from New Jersey, Delaware and elsewhere to the northeast.

Cicadas start to emerge when soil temperatures hit the mid-60s, and soil temperatures in the greater Alexandria area and southern Fairfax County have been well into that range for some time now. 

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However, the Capital Weather Gang reports that recent Brood II cicada maps show the infestation “stops just south of the Capital Beltway” except for some isolated pockets.

Yes, even the bugs are trying to avoid the Beltway.

“If you have not yet seen cicadas where you live, there is a good chance that Brood II has missed your area,” wrote CWG’s Kevin Ambrose. “Don’t worry, Brood X will probably get you in 2021.”

In early May, Joan Martinez Allen, Urban Forester II with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, said,  “Fairfax County is on the border of where this year’s 17-year emergence will occur. … Their presence will be spotty.”

Where to See Cicadas

If you haven’t seen any cicadas in your neighborhood and you want to see a real invasion, head south and west: Go down I-95 into Prince William County just south of the Occoquan River. Or go toward the battlefields in Manassas.

Tell us: Have you seen any cicadas in your neighborhood, or have you heard their clicky song? Let us know in the comments. 

More on the 2013 Brood II cicadas: 

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  • 7 Reasons to Embrace the Cicada Swarmageddon
  • How Many Cicadas Are Experts Expecting in Northern Virginia?
Maureen Miller May 25, 2013 at 07:11 PM
We live in North Stafford and have so many cicadas that they line the fences, cover tree branches and the lawn looks like its moving. The cicadas cling to the blades of grass making lawn mowing a real chore. I'm sure we haven't heard the worst of them yet.
Al Simms May 26, 2013 at 01:04 PM
They have been singing for about 2 weeks now here in Braehead Woods in Fredericksburg, VA and are VERY loud now. They start around 8 AM and stop in late afternoon. When they began there was a peak about 10AM but now it is pretty much all day. At peak sound times they can be heard inside a closed car and if all is quiet and you listen carefully even inside a closed up house. No problem with cutting grass, just suck them up with the mower. Shells are everywhere including some on the front of my house. They appear to like deciduous trees the best, especially old Oak trees.


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