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Have you heard of Brood X? Also called the Great Eastern Brood, Brood X is a group of periodical cicadas – insects that appear only once every 17 years in eastern North America. Last seen in 2004, these amazing insects will emerge from the soil this spring to make their 2021 debut. Then, after less than two months above ground, they will disappear into the soil for another 17 years.

Virginia counties to see Brood X: Arlington, Clarke, County, Dulles Smithsonian National Aircraft and Space Museum, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester*

Virginia places to see Brood X: Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly, Clearbrook, Del Ray, Doswell, Dunn Loring, Fairfax, Falls Church, Franconia, Hampton Roads, Haymarket, Herndon, Lorton, Lovettsville, Manassas, McLean, Merrifield, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, Sterling, Vienna, White Post, Winchester.*

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Cicada time capsule 2021
Celebrate this unique event by creating a TIME CAPSULE!!

Use the downloadable booklet to record facts about yourself, the world in 2021, and cicada Brood X. • Seal everything inside a shoe box or other container. •Open your time capsule in 2038 when Brood X emerges again and see how things have changed.