Brood X cicadas have emerged in Cincinnati; what to anticipate

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After months of waiting and a delay due to unusually cold temperatures, the Brood X cicada has started to emerge.

People in the greater Cincinnati area see the periodic insects emerge from the ground after 17 years.

And thats just the beginning.

“It has definitely started,” said Gene Kritsky, a senior cicada expert and entomologist at Mount St. Joseph University.

Kritsky said he was monitoring a location in Mount Caramel, which first appeared on May 15. Since then there have been “more and more” cicadas every night.

Cicadas come up from the ground in Silverton.  Watch where you are going!  According to Gene Kritsky, a leading cicada expert and entomologist at Mount St. Joseph University, Brood X is slowly emerging on May 19, 2021.  It takes about five days to hear its piercing sound.  When millions of cicadas take over our territory, remember that they are harmless.

He said he saw 50 at his West Side home and was seeing reports of sightings on the Cicada Safari app across town.

The greater Cincinnati area usually emerges in mid-May after two consecutive days with temperatures above 80 degrees and there was a “sodden rain”.

Be prepared:All you need to know aabout brood X.

We had the perfect conditions:

  • Soaking – check.
  • Day 1 with temperatures in the 80s – Wednesday high was close to 81.
  • Day 2 with temperatures in the 80s – Thursday’s high is forecast to be 84.

“She itches to come out,” he said.

It takes two full weeks for all of the cicadas to emerge from their underground burrows. The soil temperature in the greater Cincinnati area must reach 64 degrees, the optimal temperature for cicadas.

Kritsky said the number of emerging cicadas would be “heavier” over the next three to four days, then it would decrease over the next few weeks.

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We should hear her singing seriously in about five days.

After that, we face “cacophony” for a couple of weeks while they mate.

Male cicadas pull fluted membranes together on their abdomen to create the sound that is amplified by their almost hollow belly.

Each species has its own sound and the choir can reach 90 to 100 decibels – as loud as a lawnmower, according to CicadaMania.

Their lifespan is four to six weeks, and they will die off in late June to July.

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In Silverton, a cicada emerges from its shell.  According to Gene Kritsky, a leading cicada expert and entomologist at Mount St. Joseph University, Brood X is slowly emerging on May 19, 2021.  It takes about five days to hear its piercing sound.  When millions of cicadas take over our territory, remember that they are harmless.

Would you like to see where you are?

If you want to know where Brood X is showing up in real time, Download the Cicada Safari app.

As of May 18, there are currently hundreds of verified images in the greater Cincinnati area. Pictures of cicada nymphs have been appearing since March.

The Cicada Safari app now has 135,000 downloads and receives 20,000 images from the United States every day. Before the creation began, Kritsky was hoping for a total of 50,000 images. You already have more than 100,000.

Currently, the app shows large clusters around Fort Mitchell, Pleasant Ridge, Oakley, Wyoming, Corryville, North College Hill and Northside.

Real-time data:The Cicada Safari app allows users to report and track Brood X cicadas

Have you seen the cicadas yet?

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