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Brood X False Alarm

Brood X False Alarm

By Bill Steinmetz

Adult cicada (Magicicada species) - Red eyes indicate periodical species
Adult cicada (Magicicada species) – Red eyes indicate periodical species

September 8, 2021

  • Brooding over Brood X cicadas?
  • Waiting for Brood XIX (2024)
  • Cicada review, reading, and recipes

The expected cicada horde associated with Brood X emergence has been unremarkable in the Triangle area.

Apparently, the Brood X periodical cicadas (Magicicada species – 17-year return) are not as common in these parts as initially advertised.

Adult cicada (Neotibicen canicularis) - Green wings indicate annual "dog-day" species
Adult cicada (Neotibicen canicularis) - Green wings indicate annual "dog-day" species

Cicada lovers need not lament though, since Brood XIX (Magicicada species – 13-year return), also known as the Great Southern Brood, is maturing underground in your backyard right now with mass quantity emergence expected in 2024.

Fortunately, brooding over the Brood X disappointment has been minimized by other more exciting North Carolina animal stories like zebra cobra, donut bear, and surfing alligator. Nothing like a good animal story to provide distraction during these pandemic times!


Cicada exoskeleton left behind during the molting process
Cicada exoskeleton left behind during the molting process

In the meantime, enjoy the occasional dog-day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis), which is an annual variety present across central North Carolina right now

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