How long do cicadas live? Brood X peak is over

Enjoy them while you can – Brood X cicadas are on their way out. 

The periodical cicadas first emerged in mid-May, and they have finally mated and laid eggs. Now it's time for them to die. 

"We are on the downhill slide," said Gene Kritsky, a leading cicada expert and entomologist at Mount St. Joseph University.

He said Greater Cincinnati's Brood X peaked on June 4, where neighborhoods across the region were seeing cicada mating calls registering at 90 decibels or higher. 

Last Sunday, Kritsky said that dropped to about 80 decibels.

Now, the dip in calls is almost eerie after nearly four weeks of incessant noise. Kritsky said the coursing of male cicadas is now peaking around the low to mid-70s. 

The sound is "nowhere near the intensity" that we had two weeks ago, Kritsky said. It will continue to decline in the next few days. 

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Shortly after the cicadas have mated, the males die "pretty quickly" and they're the ones who make all the noise. The females will die off shortly after laying eggs. 

"We're right on target with the original prediction we had in April," Kritsky said. 

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Some areas of Greater Cincinnati will still hear the singing, which will be the "isolated calls" of a handful of males. 

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