Enjoy the relative quiet outside while you can.
Two weeks ago, only about 13% of ARLnow poll respondents reported having seen a cicada so far this spring. That’s rapidly changing.
All around Arlington, locals are reporting cicada sightings. From Fairlington to Columbia Pike to Ballston to Westover to Lyon Village to the Rosslyn area, members of Brood X are emerging from their dirt homes of the past 17 years in rising numbers.
According to the Capital Weather Gang, the awakening is suddenly happening throughout the D.C. area. And there’s a lot more to come.
On Capital Weather Gang’s Twitter feed, we’ve received dozens of reports of the insects in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District.
Monday morning brought a sudden increase in sightings after only isolated reports of early cicadas in the past one to two weeks. The emergence was somewhat unexpected given the lower-than-normal temperatures since Friday.
Despite the surge of reports, the insects haven’t crawled out of their holes everywhere, and a more massive swarm still awaits.
Below are some of the cicada sightings reported to ARLnow on social media.
— Susan (@Suethirsty) May 10, 2021
I had not yet seen a #cicada this season, until this guy literally dropped in on me a few minutes ago to say “Hello, Tom”. #cicadas #BroodX #Every17Years @capitalweather @ARLnowDOTcom pic.twitter.com/DVN1kLfLWm
— Tom Mockler (@TomMockler) May 10, 2021
— Jen Molnar (@molnar_jen) May 10, 2021
Front and backyard in Yorktown. Birds and squirrels are having an all you can eat buffet right now.
— Suzanne Mund (@suzannegmund) May 11, 2021
— christie (@crispyweathers) May 11, 2021
Donaldson Run, in our backyard pic.twitter.com/FM0VOQqRJQ
— C J 🤦🏻♂️ (@hoborocks) May 11, 2021
I've seen over 50 in Arlington Village pic.twitter.com/0jjt81aq7i
— Erin Pollard (@emp04) May 11, 2021
Just couple crawlers out around Ashton Heights, and we found a tree that had a few husks that had already been discarded. Not much compared to what's coming, but more holes on the ground than yesterday for sure! pic.twitter.com/VZI0gxQY3C
— Aaron Webb (@thebestWebb) May 11, 2021
Some hatching this am – North Arlington near Chain Bridge pic.twitter.com/qGkToEZsgn
— roo (@Rooroxx) May 11, 2021
Near Arl/FC border. pic.twitter.com/E97mgwPQRk
— Molly (@mollysartstuff) May 11, 2021
Photo courtesy Geoff Collins