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Where to see cicadas in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland

This cicada is from 2004, but a number of area nature centers will have exhibits and programs devoted to this year’s bugs. (James Appleby/University of Illinois via Associated Press)

If you don’t have the 17-year cicadas in your neighborhood, we have a few suggestions for where to see some or learn more about the bugs.

National Museum of Natural History’s Insect Zoo

The Insect Zoo will have samples of live cicadas after they begin emerging. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 10th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000 or Free.

Rock Creek Nature Center
Learn about Brood II in the program “Cicadamanamana,” which will include a talk about Brood II and a design-you-own-insect activity. (No live cicadas.) June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070 or

Walker Nature Education Center

“Cicada Invasion” program will include a talk and short hike in the 72-acre woodlands. June 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. Reservations required. 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. 703-476-9689. $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Croydon Creek Nature Center

Cicadas will be on exhibit. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. 852 Avery Road, Rockville. 240-314-8770 or

Hidden Pond Nature Center

Cicadas will be on exhibit. Open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 8511 Greeley Blvd.,Springfield. 703-451-9588 or

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