Brood X Cicadas: Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions about Brood X Cicadas… So here are some of the most common!


How long do cicadas live once they have emerged from the ground?

It varies. Adult cicadas emerge, mate and die.


Is it 13 years or 17 years before they emerge? I hear about cicadas every year.

Some cicadas emerge after 13 years and some after 17. The varying life cycle of the cicadas fool their predators.


How many eggs survive predators?

Although we can’t be 100% sure, it is estimated that females lay 400 to 600 eggs. That is a lot!


Are cicadas edible?

Yes, many people eat cicadas. People who are allergic to shellfish should avoid cicadas. Look for cicadas tacos, smoothies, and cookies coming soon!


How many eyes do cicadas have?

Cicadas are known and recognized by their two larger red eyes. But, cicadas have 3 more smaller eyes. Some cicadas even have blue eyes!


Do cicadas bite humans?

Cicadas are not a threat to humans. But, the sheer number of them that converge at one time can be scary.

Brood X Cicadas

Brood X Cicadas are loud, louder than a lawn mower! But, will typically not cause any direct harm to humans. They will destroy your trees, bushes, etc. And, can be very annoying overall.

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