They’re here: Cicadas are coming out of the ground as part of Brood X

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — We warned you the cicadas were coming. And now we have proof they are here.

A Channel 2 Acton News viewer from Dahlonega sent us pictures of the Brood X hatching.

These cicadas come out every 17-years and they’ll stick around until June.

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People in Fannin, Gilmer and Union counties could see as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre.

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The last time Brood X made an appearance was in 2004. The cicadas come out once soil reaches 64 degrees. They are often triggered by a warm rain.

They will be hard to miss because their calls can approach 100 decibels. That’s the same intensity as a lawn mower.

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What do they look like? The Georgia DNR said at first glance they look like nothing more than a smaller version of the annual cicada, but they are much different. If you take a close look at one, you will immediately notice that it has bright red eyes, a black head, and bodies and transparent wings fringed with orange.

The cicadas will breed and leave behind the next generation.

But Brood X isn’t the only emergence you need to watch for. In 2024, Brood XIX will be active in even more parts of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta.