Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City – Brace for the Buzzing Symphony of 2024!

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle this spring, nature lovers! The Midwest and Southeast are about to welcome not one, but two, majestic cicada broods emerging from their 13 and 17-year slumber. It’s an epic reunion 221 years in the making, and we will be front and center for the vibrant chorus!

A Historic Harmonious Happening

The last time these specific broods synchronized their emergence was during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. Brood XIII will take center stage in the Midwest in states like Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, while Brood XIX will grace a wider area across the region. Witness the awe-inspiring moment as billions of these ancient insects shed their skins and unfurl their emerald wings, transforming the landscape into a living, buzzing canvas.

A Sensory Extravaganza (for Better or Worse!)

Prepare for a unique auditory experience! Cicadas are renowned for their high-pitched mating calls, reaching decibel levels comparable to motorcycles. It’s not just a buzz; it’s a full-blown serenade, a natural symphony that’s bound to turn heads (and maybe cover ears!). It’s a sound you won’t forget, a vibrant soundtrack to a rare natural phenomenon.

A Temporary Transformation

Don’t worry, this buzzing bonanza won’t be permanent. By July 1st, the cicadas will be gone, leaving behind a cherished memory (and maybe a few crunchy exoskeletons) of their extraordinary emergence. So, how will you make the most of this unique event in the country?

  • Embrace the Symphony: Head outdoors and immerse yourself in the cicada chorus. It’s a wild, rhythmic experience that’s strangely captivating, a chance to witness nature’s wonders firsthand.
  • Become a Citizen Scientist: Download the Cicada Safari app and report your sightings. Help researchers map the insects’ movements and contribute to scientific understanding of this fascinating phenomenon.
  • Dive into the Buzz: Learn more about cicadas with books, articles, and documentaries. You’ll be surprised by their ancient lineage and vital role in the ecosystem, gaining a deeper appreciation for these unique creatures.
  • Just Witness the Wonder: Take a moment to appreciate this rare and awe-inspiring natural event. Observe the emerald wings unfurl, marvel at the vibrant spectacle they create. Embrace the ephemeral beauty of it all.

No matter how you choose to experience it, the 2024 cicada emergence promises to be an unforgettable event. Get ready, buckle up, and prepare to be amazed by the wonders of nature. Just remember, this is a rare treat, so savor it while you can and take pictures if you see them!