Post By: Andrew Freiden
Here they come! *Updated May 1, 2013 soil temperature is 62° as of April 30th. 64° is apparently the magic number. We are getting close... and many places are already seeing them.
Central Virginia is buzzing as the cicadas are arriving. The mysterious insects are expected to emerge en masse this month after spending 17 years underground to spend a few weeks above ground eating, finding a mate, and making lots of noise. The numbers will be amazing. If you haven't witnessed this, you'll be blown away by the numbers of insects.
But we won't ALL see clouds of the harmless Cicadas. Here's a map showing that counties east of I-95 won't see as any or nearly as many as areas WEST of town will.
map from: magicicada.org
*From what I can tell, Western Henrico and Chesterfield are much more likely to see Cicadas vs. the Eastern side of those counties.
* The triangles/circles/dots are reports of brood II sightings in past "visits"
Some cicadas show up every year. But those Cicada's are different from what we expect here. Click here to read Dr. Arthur Evans' explanation of what to look for
And you can click here to listen to Dr. Evans explain this difference on WCVE
I follow Dr. Evans on Facebook. I recommend that you do the same-- I suspect he'll be posting lots about the Cicadas once they start showing up.
Once they arrive in your yard, Submit your CICADA observations here:
But don’t forget to share your pictures with Central Virginia via Send it to 12
We’ll share pictures online and on TV that get submitted here.
And remember. The Cicadas will be numerous, but harmless. Although they may do some damage to young trees.