Brood XIX is alive, and stalking the South!
The 13-year cicadas of what is known as Brood XIX (the 19th brood) have been living underground since 1998. That was the last time they held their infamous two-month, tree-level mating frenzy. After their long nap, these periodical cicadas woke up and emerged from underground in mid-May, and with them comes an ear-splitting mating call that fills the air now across the rural southern United States. Their activities were somewhat curtailed this year due to cooler than normal and stormy weather throughout the South, but as the days warmed early this week, their loud collective calling couldn’t be ignored in Missouri.
Brood XIX, also known as the Great Southern Brood, is the country's largest group of 13-year cicadas, stretching across 12 states, including Missouri, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Illinois. They hatch in mid-May and are gone by early July.