It’s not our year for 17-year cicada invasion

There will be no plague of two-inch long bugs roaming Warren County this year.

The Brood II cicadas are situated along the East Coast.

Millions of the insects waited underground for 17 years only to emerge for a few weeks to mate and die.

Millions more are still waiting their turn. Including the ones beneath the surface of Warren County.

“We are not in the area for the brood that is predicted for 2013,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Cornplanter District Forester Cecile Stelter said on Wednesday.

There are 12 broods of 17-year cicadas, each in a particular region, and three broods of 13-year cicadas, located mostly in the South. There are two extinct broods.

Brood II is the big emergence this year. The male cicadas sing through the day, trying to attract mates.

The adults – the ones that have dug out of the ground, shed their skins and metamorphosed, only live about three to four weeks. The females deposit eggs in twigs and branches. When the eggs hatch, the larvae drop to the ground and dig to the underground locations where they will spend 13 or 17 years.

“This is part of the magic of this particular species,” Stelter said. “They disappear for 17 years and then all at once, as if on cue, they reappear.”

There are about eight broods in different regions of Pennsylvania. It’s not Warren County’s turn.

“We would be more along the lines of Brood VIII,” Stelter said. “They last emerged in 2002. They are supposed to come out in 2019.”

Much of the East Coast is hearing the song of the cicada.

“It is happening in some places – Eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York, down through Maryland, into Georgia,” Stelter said. “They’re all experiencing this.”