Apr 23, 2024 - News

Charted: The cicadas are coming ... in 2031

Data: USDA and University of Connecticut; Graphic: Jared Whalen, Will Chase and Kavya Beheraj/Axios

If you were feeling left out of the Midwest's upcoming cicada emergence, don't worry — just wait six years for Des Moines' turn.

Driving the news: In 2031, Brood III, also known as the "Iowan Brood," will emerge upon central and eastern Iowa in all its six-legged glory.

  • These cicadas have a 17-year lifespan and are known for swarming out of the ground en masse and crowding our trees and shrubs.

What's next: If the entomologist inside you can't wait that long, travel to southeast Iowa this summer for the special emergence of two broods.

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