The Return of the Cicadas

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sometime in May or June, a swarm of insects called the Brood II cicadas are expected to reappear in the Northeastern United States. Last seen in 1996, these periodical cicadas will most likely be seen in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Periodical cicadas emerge from underground in 13- or 17-year cycles, and will remain above ground for about a month to reproduce, before laying their eggs and dying. Their offspring will not be seen above ground again until 13 or 17 years later.

According to the National Pest Management Association, cicadas are considered a nuisance pest and do not pose any threats to humans or property. This species is easily identifiable by their striking black bodies, red eyes and loud buzzing noise.