What kind of cicadas are in Maryland?

In the eastern hemisphere of the USA, there is Magicicada that comes out of the ground every 13-17 years whenever the soil warms up to 64 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the so-called periodical cicadas. They are often regarded as locusts, but the cicada is a huge flying insect. They span about one and a half inches long, they have red eyes, black bodies, and very delicate set of wings. Maryland, Virginia, and Washington have their fair share of cicadas for years.

University research have classified cicada under the order of Hemiptera and the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, and the family Cicadidae. There are a total of 5 subfamilies for Cicadidae and the spittlebugs, as well as the jumping plant lice, are the very close relatives of the cicada. The other subfamilies of these black insects include Cicadettinae, Derotettiginae, Tettigomyiinae, Cicadinae, and Tibicininae. On the contrary, the Hemiptera are distinct from other insects that they both are regarded as an adult and as nymphs, and they use to suck the fluids off of the plant’s xylem. This is the way these insects drink and eat.

After a span of 2 to 17 years, the 17-year cicadas would emerge from the soil as nymphs. The nymph cicadas would climb up the nearest available trees and start to shed off their nymph exoskeletons. This is part of their cycle. As they free up from their old skin, their wings will begin to become inflated with fluids and their skin which is now an adult will begin to harden. When their new wings and bodies are all ready, they can now start their adult life in this particular cycle.

The adult cicada, are likewise known as the imagoes. The imagoes would spend a lot of their time up in trees as they look for their mate during mating season. In this part of their cycle, the male bugs would sing to the female bugs and the mating season starts, and the cicada cycle restarts this way.

There are approximately 3 various cicada life cycles, they are the annual life cycle, periodical life cycle, and the porto-periodical life cycle. The cicada from swamps would go out each year, and they make their appearance very often, but the periodical cicada like the 17-year cicadas or the Magicicada would only come out once in every 17 years. These are the popularly known American cicadas that are widely known for their being elusive.

Are there cicadas in Maryland?

Cicadas can be on a thirteen to seventeen-year life cycle, but there were reported swarms of cicadas found in Maryland in an off-season year. For causes only biologists and experts are trying to figure out, the cicadas have hatched in off-season years and many are found in Maryland and Virginia to date. Of course, you can also find a brood of cicada in Washington during April or other months.

Are cicadas coming in 2019?

The cicada season for 2019 is already over. The brood IX will be back by 2020 in other places other than Maryland, such as North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. The periodical cicadas are insects that would come out of the ground periodically and not yearly. In North America, there are over seven species of periodical cicadas.

The 3 of these cicadas have a 17-years life cycle and 4 of them have 13-years, and all of the 7 totals are part of the Magicicada genus. Many of the have a regular schedule of emergence but many of them emerge before or after they are supposed to emerge. Usually, the 17-year old cicada straggler would come out 4 years earlier, and the 13-year-old cicada straggler would come out of the ground 4 years later. But, the one, two, or even eight-year alterations in the brood are very much possible. 

On the other hand, a lot of people would question the usage of the word straggler to denote a brood that emerged very early as opposed to coming out late. When some of you find yourself uncomfortable with using the said term, you can always choose to use the word precursor instead of cicadas that hatch very early than expected. You can also make up for your own terminology for these bugs like laggard, deviant, or pioneers. It all depends on your preference.

What year are the cicadas coming back?

The cicadas are said to come out of the ground only one time every a span of 17 years. But, why do some of these bugs hatch early show up all too often? There are in fact 15 distinct broods of cicadas that are found in the USA. 5 of them are in Pennsylvania. Many of the broods would come out only after 17 years, but there are 3 that come out after 13 years. They were last seen in the year 2016, they are the brood V and these cicadas are mostly found in West Virginia, Ohio, but the Southwest of Pennsylvania is on the edge of the bug swarm. Many will find the chirping of cicadas every summertime, and not on the swarm years only. Compared to its other brood relatives, the non-periodic insects are not to be joined  in by millions of its other closest kins this time.

Are cicadas coming in 2020?

According to University experts, the next periodic cicadas brood will come this 2020 in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina as well as in the whole of the eastern USA by 2021. So, do not worry if you see thousands upon thousands of black bugs swarming around in your yard, this is but natural. They can be beneficial to our ecosystem and are 100% harmless.

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