What Is Brood-X & Is It Coming Near Me?

What Is Brood-X & Is It Coming Near Me?

Billions of mid-Atlantic cicadas will soon emerge. 

For 17 years, cicadas do a lot of what 2020 was — hanging out in burrows and hibernating. After this long hibernation, they emerge from the ground, sprout wings, sound off a ton of mating calls, have sex, and die within a few weeks. Their progeny will then return to the ground and hibernate for the next 17 years. 

Over the next few weeks, billions of these mid-Atlantic cicadas born circa 2004, named Brood-X, will emerge. They begin their journey to the soil surface when soil temperatures reach around 64 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Brood-X is one of the 15 broods of periodical cicadas that appear regularly in the eastern United States. You can see all of the US broods below.

Where will I see Brood-X?

Brood X will appear in 15 states:

  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia


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