When the 17-year cicadas emerge in MD this month, scientists will be buzzing. Gov. Hogan has declared May and June "Magicicada Months."

 The approaching emergence of billions of 17-year cicadas in Maryland and nearby states will provide fodder for scientists to study, allow residents to help researchers spot the swarms, and may liven up dining since there are even recipes featuring the insects.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday issued a proclamation declaring May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months to generate public awareness about the insects.

Brood X periodical cicadas are only found in the eastern United States and emerge once every 17 years. In Maryland, they will begin to emerge in early May and will die off by the end of June.

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"I encourage all Marylanders to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about these remarkable, harmless creatures," Hogan said in a news release. "For a few short weeks this spring, many across the state will have a front-row seat to witness a natural phenomenon that happens nowhere else on the planet."

Researchers say billions of Brood X 17-year cicadas will also emerge in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. But an expert said Maryland will be in the thick of it all.

Based on the 2004 Brood X emergence in Maryland, Hogan's office said cicadas will likely appear in these counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, eastern Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Washington. If you live in one of these areas and have older trees in your neighborhood, chances are their populations will be higher.

Since the Brood X periodical cicadas last emerged in spring 2004, cicada nymphs have been living underground, a couple of feet below the surface, feeding on sap from tree roots for the past 17 years. Now, Brood X adults are preparing to emerge when soil temperatures reach about 64 degrees, Hogan's office said. Read more at Patch