17-year cicadas will soon swarm mid-Atlantic states

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by Velma Scaife, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 9:29 PM

POQUOSON-- The 17-year cicadas swarms will soon be emerging out of the Virginia soil with their eerie electric buzzing sound, but one expert says they might miss Hampton Roads.

The massive emergence of cicadas is expected to happen in the mid-Atlantic states from North Carolina to New York.

Dan Nortman, an entomologist with the York-Poquoson Cooperative Extension Service, says Hampton Roads will probably miss it. 

Nortman believes Hampton Roads is too far east. 

In Virginia, Nortman expects to see the insects in the Piedmont area, Blue Ridge Mountains and maybe as far east as Richmond.

Two years ago, the Williamsburg/James City County area had a massive emergence of periodic cicadas, but that was a different brood or species. 

"People in those areas are certainly concerned, they expect to see them.  But, not in this part of Virginia," said Nortman.

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