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2021 cicada map: These 15 states are most likely to see Brood X cicadas invasion soon

Brood X cicadas (jaydro/Flickr)

There’s already a lot of buzz about the upcoming arrival of the noisy cicadas known as the Brood X batch — which emerge from the ground only once every 17 years.

But not every state in the U.S. will have an opportunity to see, or hear, these red-eyed insects when they start popping up in the next few weeks and making ear-piercing mating calls.

Insect experts say the Brood X cicadas will most likely emerge in the same places where they were spotted and reported in 2004 and during previous 17-year cycles: 15 states, plus the District of Columbia.

This map from AccuWeather shows the areas where millions of cicadas are expected to crawl out of the ground and take to the trees during the months of May and June 2021.

Experts note that not every region of each of these states will see the Brood X cicadas, because they tend to stay close to the places where they emerged, reproduced and went into hiding during their earlier life cycles. So, if your town or city had lots of cicadas making a racket in 2004 or previous 17-year cycles, there’s a good chance you will see the 2021 brood.

There’s also a phone app to help track the emergence of this year’s cicada swarm.


Experts say these are the areas of the United States that are most likely to see big numbers of Brood X cicadas in 2021:

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


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