17 Years Ago, Maryland Was Invaded… And It’s About To Happen Again

For 17 years they’ve been patiently waiting underground but soon, they’ll emerge. The 17-year cicada – specifically, brood V which was last seen in 1999 – will be making their grand introduction in spring 2016. Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are where this particular brood will emerge in epic proportions.

I know what you’re thinking… I see cicadas every year… and you’re right. There are several different types of cicadas, some of which are annual. The periodical cicadas however, come either every 13 or 17 years. You most likely recall brood X, another 17-year group which swarmed Maryland in 2004. If you don’t remember, let me refresh your memory…

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Check out this oddly inspiring video for even MORE information about the 17-year cicada.

NOTE: Depending on what region in Maryland you live in, you may see more or less concentrations of this brood. According to CicadaMania.com, the highest concentrations will be around Western Maryland, especially in Garrett County.