ETSU entomologist explains why some areas haven’t seen many cicadas

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Why did some areas see a bunch of cicadas while others did not?

East Tennessee State University entomologist Dr. Thomas Jones says there is a reason why the insects did not invade the entire region.

“As Margaret Atwood, poet naturalist, put it: nature is lumpy. And cicadas are no exception in that they’re patchy in where they come up,” Jones said. “So in my yard, for instance, I had to put on hearing protection to go out and be with them. But a mile down the road, there were none.”

2021’s 17-year brood, referred to as “Brood X,” was anticipated to heavily impact the Eastern United States, including Northeast Tennessee.

The next brood of cicadas will emerge around 2024, mainly in Middle Tennessee.

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