Fayette County Extension


Hope you enjoy Dr. Hinkle’s fascinating article regarding the emerging 17-yr cicadas.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for 17-Year Cicadas

Nancy C. Hinkle, Ph.D., University of Georgia

North Georgia counties anticipate welcoming Brood VI of periodical cicadas this spring.  Though erroneously called “locusts” because of their periodicity, these cicadas are harmless to animals and plants, only occasionally piercing plant stems to get a drink of sap.  They spend 17 years underground as nymphs before they finally emerge as mature adults that sing and mate over a period of just a month or so.  Once their eggs are laid, the adults die and it will be another 17 years before we see them again in 2034.

The University of Georgia’s Department of Entomology is asking that you keep your eyes and ears open for the cicada emergence.  Initially you may see shed cicada skins on trees and poles.

Within days you will start hearing the males singing in local woods and see the adults flying slowly around trees and bushes.  Note the bright red eyes these 17-year cicadas have when they are alive.

When you see or hear these periodical cicadas, please notify UGA at 706-542-9033 or Insects@uga.edu.  In 2017, periodical cicadas are most likely to show up in Rabun, Dade, Elbert, Floyd, Habersham, Paulding, White and surrounding counties.