Jan 25, 2024 - News

Rare cicada co-emergence likely won't hit the DMV

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Cicadas are coming back in a big way this year — but likely only in regional areas outside the DMV.

Driving the news: For the first time in over 200 years, two specific broods of droning cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground simultaneously this spring.

The intrigue: The last time Broods XIX and XIII co-emerged, Thomas Jefferson was president, and the Louisiana Purchase was being finalized.

State of play: There's probably little reason to worry about a Biblical level of insects descending upon the District, though — the nearest areas most likely to be impacted by Brood XIX are sections of Virginia's Eastern Shore and St. Mary's County, Maryland, reports Washingtonian.

  • D.C. probably won't see the bugs again until 2038, when Brood X reemerges. (Chances are you're still recovering from their 2021 emergence.)

However, both broods' habitats converge in Illinois, meaning the Prairie State is likely to be one big bug blowout this summer.

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