Expert: Cold Weather Delayed Cicada Arrival

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A local expert said some cold weather earlier this month may have slowed the mass emergence of Brood-V cicadas.

Viewers have shared photos and videos of cicadas popping up in their neighborhoods, but WVU Extension entomologist Daniel Frank said cicadas are emerging much slower than originally thought.

They were expected to emerge in full-force by mid-May, but Frank said unseasonably cold weather delayed their arrival.

 “Usually when soil temperature is about 64 degrees is when they start emerging, so that cold weather did kind of cool those soil temperatures,” said Frank. “I think in the next few weeks, when we get some 80 degree days and 60 degree nights, that’ll definitely get things going again, and we’ll see a big emergence in the next couple of weeks.”  

Frank added that cicadas flock in large numbers to areas with trees. They’ll be less noticeable in more developed areas.

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