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Cicadas in Maryland: What’s Happening Now?

Written by AZ Animals Staff
Updated: July 23, 2021
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In the last 17 years, the majority of residents in Maryland haven’t seen so much as a single cicada. There are people who will soon see the massive Brood X making its way across the state, especially in the states nearby. While it may seem alarming to see so many at once, these insects will provide plentiful nutrients for many of the animals in the area. They don’t have the same damaging nature as locust swarms would, so there’s no need to be afraid or to spray pesticides.

A tweet from the Maryland Center for History and Culture sheds light on the constant fascination that researchers have had for this animal, dating back to the 18th century. One such researcher was Benjamin Banneker, and his discoveries of their migration patterns and life is now featured at the center. This particular brood (Brood X) was studied as early as the 1700s by Pehr Kalm, noticing the sudden appearance of cicadas when they emerge.

Even though cicadas are largely not harmful, their large numbers have pushed local Maryland citizens to take action against the possible damage that their eggs could cause. These insects tend to leave behind eggs on branches of trees, and the Biological Honor Society TriBeta of the Notre Dame of Maryland took action to protect their most vulnerable trees. Lining them with a fine-mesh netting, the cicadas will have to look elsewhere to leave their eggs behind as they arrive.

Brood X cicadas are expected to arrive in the trillions, and there are many areas of Maryland that have already seen them arise. In Getty Images News, many viewers have already sent images of the empty shells that are being left behind by the cicadas in Takoma Park. They emerge from the soil as their temperatures pass 64°F, which varies from state to state.

The reason that Maryland has yet to see the largest of the emergence of the Brood X cicadas has a lot to do with the recent cold weather, according to reports from WJZ CBS Baltimore. As recently as May 15th, the lowest temperatures were still reaching just 42°F. Still, once the temperatures rise a little more, the news station believes that there is much more in store, stating that Maryland will soon be the epicenter of this rare event. If the predictions of researchers are correct, it is possible that some areas will see up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre as the insects emerge into the start of June 2021.

Cicada Brood X News & Information

Brood X is currently (spring 2021) emerging on the east coast of the United States. More information and coverage can be found here!

Learn more about cicadas, including why they only come out every 17 years, the difference between cicadas and locusts, whether cicadas eat tomato plants and more. Click in the search box and type in “cicada.

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