Brood IX is coming

Published May 22, 2020

Are you in North Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia? Maybe the Roanoke, Va., area in particular? Get ready for some noise.

Brood IX, the every-17-years flood of cicadas, will be coming out of the ground soon, turning quiet summer nights (and days) into a cacophony of giant flying bugs looking for a little sumthin’-sumthin’.

These cicadas will begin to emerge approximately when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence.

I took this one in 2004, when Brood X emerged in Ohio.

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