LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Prepare yourself, DMV. Cicadas are coming back.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, 1996 was the last time the 17-year “Brood II” cicadas emerged from the ground. That means the brood, which populates areas of Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will be out in force this spring or summer. says they will emerge when the temperature 8 inches below the surface of the ground reaches 64 degrees. Named after the genus cicadas are classified under, the website is a National Geographic Society-sponsored cicada mapping project.

Brood II, or the “East Coast Brood,” is not to be confused with Brood X, also known as the “Great Eastern Brood.” Brood X most recently surfaced in 2004 and isn’t expected to return until 2021. says periodical cicadas are only found in eastern North America, and tend to linger for 4-6 weeks once they surface. There are seven species of periodical cicadas, four with 13-year life cycles and three with 17-year cycles.

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