When Will Cicadas Leave Iowa?

According to reports, for the first time since 1803, two different "broods" or "year classes" are emerging from underground at right around the same time.

The last time this event happened, President Thomas Jefferson was in the middle of facilitating the Louisiana Purchase!

One brood pops up every thirteen years and the other is on a seventeen-year life cycle. 

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This is considered by many experts as a "once in a lifetime event."

These two broods (also known as Brood XIII and Brood XIX) will only see their lifecycles sync up once every 221 years.

Iowa is one of the rare states that will see both broods of cicadas.

The only other state that is anticipated to see this will be Illinois, according to reports.

Brood XIII will be found in the Northeastern part of the state, while Brood XIX is anticipated to be in the Southeastern region, right along the Missouri border.

In areas like Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, the majority of the cicadas will be from the first brood. This is the one that pops up every seventeen years.

They have been popping up all across Eastern Iowa over the past few weeks, and while they are relatively harmless to humans, they sure are annoying!

When Will They Be Out of Iowa?


These cicadas we've been seeing are a part of the first brood and will either return to the ground or die sometime next month all across the country, according to reports.

Reports predict that these cicadas will remain active until late June.

That means there are even more cicadas on the way, thanks to that second brood!

These cicadas are set to emerge in the Midwest later on in the summer! Luckily, that will only be in the southern most parts of Iowa and Illinois.

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