Better Get Ready; 13 Year Cicada's On Their Way To Lawrence County Posted on March 20, 2011
Lawrence County is expected to be hearing the annoying sound of the cicada this spring.
Experts says this is definately the "big one" as the mid state is expected to be filled with the the nosy insects which appear only once every 13 years.
The experts said the last cicada outbreak in the state, about seven years ago, was concentrated in Knoxville, in the eastern part of the state, but the batch expected to emerge beginning in May are believed to be centered in the middle part of the state, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The entomologists said the cicadas that emerged in 2004 were part of Brood X, which breeds every 17 years, and the noisy insects slated to appear this year are part of Brood XIX, which emerge every 13 years.
Frank Hale, entomologist with the University of Tennessee's Agricultural Extension Service in Nashville, said central Tennessee is expected to be filled with the cicadas this season.
"For us in Middle Tennessee, this is definitely the big one," Hale said.