The Return of the CicadasJanay Rickwalder
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
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.