Cicadas Emerge in DC Area

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The first cicadas — and their empty, crunchy shells — have officially arrived in the DC metro area and Northern Vriginia for the 2013 season.

  • See: 2013 Cicada 'Swarmageddon' video here... 

Some areas to the north and east have yet to exerpience the “Cicadapocalypse," but residents have reported seeing several in this area.

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Known as the East Coast II brood, these cicadas  and several other states up through Connecticut. The result? A 7 kHz buzz could fill the region as the cicadas try to attract mates.

If they behave typically, the cicadas will be around for four to six weeks. According to the Nature Conservancy, birds and other wildlife will have an ample source of food this year. In addition, the pruning of some trees that these insects do is actually good for local forests.

Also see:

  • 7 Reasons to Embrace the Cicada 'Swarmageddon'
  • Are Cicadas Safe to Eat? Cicada Recipes and Cooking Tips
  • Pet Safety During Cicada Season
deborah george May 21, 2013 at 05:13 PM
many like to note it is every 17 years that they emerge....but I remember distinctly that it was 10 years ago that they were in DC....why is this? does this mean 17 years at the max?
Amy F May 21, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Their lifecycle is 17 years long. Every year some emerge. Some years there are a lot more 17-year cicadas than others. Each year brings a new brood of cicadas that have been in the ground for 17 years, and the broods have been assigned Roman numerals. The broods vary in size and some broods have become extinct. This year's group ("Brood II") is the second-biggest brood as I recall. You are remembering Brood X, the biggest brood, which last emerged in 2004.
Beth Lawton May 21, 2013 at 05:58 PM
@Amy F. is right! The last big swarm was Brood X in 2004. This is Brood II, which last emerged in 1996 So, actually, we get "17-year cicadas" in Northern Virginia every eight or nine years.


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