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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
- Dr. Maya Angelou

Love. Sweet, sweet, love. Since the beginning of time, all things that are capable of feeling love have chased it to the ends of the earth to find that special someone...or something. And this year, here in Northern Virginia, we will be welcoming millions of lovesick Brood X cicadas that sing their sweet love songs, find a mate, create the next batch of cicadas, and then peacefully die happy having fulfilled their mission in life. Virginia is for Lovers after all, and we'll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of cicada love for the better part of a month. You're invited to visit us during this amazing time to witness and document this natural wonder in some of our most iconic settings. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Brood X (pronounced Brood Ten) will begin to emerge from the ground in Northern Virginia around early May and peak cicada madness will be achieved in late May and early June.
  • This particular brood only happens once every 17 years and is the biggest insect emergence on the planet.
  • They are harmless to humans, are very clumsy, and aren't aware of this whole social distancing thing. So don't be alarmed if they fly/swerve/fall/stumble into your personal space.
  • When gathered en masse, the males' "songs" can reach 100 decibels and can be heard by female cicadas a mile away.
  • Animals AND people can eat them - they taste like shrimp
  • The greatest concentration of cicadas will be in natural settings (aka - parks) and not in urban and developed areas with little to no trees.
  • There's a Cicada Safari App for Android and Apple devices.

Let's Play Cicada Bingo

This only happens every 17 years, so of course, we have to have a giveaway! Take pictures in Fairfax County at two locations of your choice on the bingo card below, load them up here, and you'll be entered to win a 2021 Cicada Care package filled with fun items including a custom cicada facemask and other goodies. We'll even mail it to you if you win. Winners will be randomly selected in May/June.

Cicada Stroll Bingo


BINGO! Showcase your best cicada shots:

Share yours with us to play bingo - upload cicada photos here.


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