We've said it before and we'll say it again: Brood X cicadas are coming to Greater Cincinnati.
However, not all parts of the city are created equal when it comes to periodical cicada density.
Gene Kritsky, a leading cicada expert and entomologist at Mount St. Joseph University, said some areas could have more than 200 cicadas per square yard.
“Periodical cicadas survive by coming out in massive numbers,” Kritsky said. “We’re talking about 350 per square yard in parts of Delhi.”
That number came from one cemetery in Delhi Township, under one tree. Add up all the trees in a cemetery and you could have thousands of cicadas.
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Areas around Hyde Park will see between 100 to 150 and up to 200 cicadas per square yard, depending on how old the house is and how many trees there are in the yard. Same goes for Madeira and Kenwood.
Compared to annual cicadas, which have a density of about 2 per square, periodical cicadas are measured at 200 per square yard.
All neighborhoods on the west side and especially along the I-75 corridor will see plenty of cicadas.
What Kritsky said about neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati:
- Mount Healthy, Finneytown: “They’re in for a treat.”
- Delhi Township, Hyde Park and Westwood: "It'll be a wonderful summer for them.”
- Newport, Bellevue and Dayton: "They’ll be screaming."
Neighborhoods on the east side could get it easier, because they have Brood 14 periodical cicadas, as well, which will arrive in 2025.
Areas like Batavia, which are further east, will see even less. Loveland is also on the low side.
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