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2024 Double Cicada Brood Event / 2024 Cicada Double Emergence

Updated Jun 01, 2024 at 10:41AM EDT by Rebecca Rhodes.

Added May 31, 2024 at 09:57AM EDT by Mateus.

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2024 Double Cicada Brood Event or Cicada Double Emergence is a rare phenomenon where two distinct cicada broods emerge simultaneously. The last time the Brood XIII and Brood XIX emerged together was over 200 years ago, which caught viral attention on the internet in May 2024, when netizens eagerly waited to witness the event. The double cicada brood also sparked a series of memes, photoshopped images and parody videos, most notably an SNL sketch.


The 2024 double cicada brood event started to be mentioned on news channels in January 2024, as WCNC channel uploaded a video on January 23rd titled "Cicada invasion: Rare 'double-brood' event predicted for 2024." The video[1] (seen below) explains that experts said two different types of cicadas will emerge in 2024, the Brood XIII and Brood XIX. The post amassed more than 43,000 views and 148 likes in five months.

According to mapping by the University of Connecticut Cicada Project,[2] the double cicada brood event will primarily impact parts of Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Reuters[3] posted a map of locations of cicada broods' emergence in the US on May 15th, 2024 (seen below).

Broods XIII and XIX emerge together for the first time since 1803 This spring marks the first time since 1803 that two specific periodical cicada broods - known as XIII and XIX - will emerge together. It will not happen again until 2245. BROOD XIII IOWA Chicago Detroit New York PENNSYLVANIA OHIO D.C. KENTUCKY BROOD XIX Atlanta Sources: University of Connecticut and John Cooley Moira Warburton ⚫ Feb. 17, 2024 | REUTERS GEORGIA

Online Reactions

The double cicada brood event grew popular in May 2024, as an ironic fandom was created and netizens posted memes and jokes of their excitement to witness the 'double-brood' event. For example, on May 19th, 2024, SNL posted the sketch "Two Cicadas on the Largest Cicada Emergence" to YouTube[3], which amassed more than 651,000 views and 13,000 likes in two weeks. On May 13th, 2024, YouTuber[4] @ReallyVeryCrunchy posted a comedy skit about the cicadas event (seen below, right), which garnered over 382,000 views and 49,000 likes in three weeks.

On May 29th, 2024, Google's Doodle of the Day referenced the double cicada brood event with an animation of a music band composed by cicadas (seen below).

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@noahglenncarter Cicadas are taking over parts of America as 2 broods of cicadas have emerged at one time #cicadas #foryou #cicadageddon ♬ forgot your name – c152

@poisonivy319 #duet with @kaelagranados #cicadas2024 #cicadas #cicadastennessee ♬ Hell To Da Naw Naw Naw – Bishop Bullwinkle

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