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Tibicen linnei Calling Song

Tibicen linnei calling song My friend Mike Neckermann sent in this short video of some T. linnei calling in Connecticut. It's really amazing how these guys sound like those Spanish Maracas. See if you agree. Click the thumbnail below to launch the 42 second movie. Tibicen linnei can only be found in certain areas in Connecticut as they are not as wide-spread as say Tibicen lyricen or Tibicen canicularis which are the two most common varieties we have here in New England. This video was taken around the Portsmouth Connectic

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Date Posted: 2005-08-24 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada General Info

More T. tibicen Survey Work

Professor John Cooley Update 3/21/11: The species name formerly known as Tibicen chloromera has been changed to Tibicen tibicen. The article has been edited to reflect this change. Today, I drove back to Connecticut from northern Massachusetts to pick up John Cooley and Mike Neckermann to continue our surveys of T. chloromera's Tibicen tibicen's northern most range. Who is John Cooley? John Cooley is an Associate Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut at Storrs who has requested to tag along wi

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Date Posted: 2005-08-22 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada Missions

Tibicen canicularis in Newton, Ma.

Tibicen canicularis nymph Got a few emails from a person from Newton stating that he is experiencing heavy emergences of Cicadas in his neighborhood in Newton. So naturally I headed to Newton, Mass. to investigate. One of the places I stopped was Charles River Reservation. First off let me say that the Reservation area smelled really bad. I don't know if it was due to the rains yesterday or what but the soil was soft and smelled like decaying vegitation which gives off a sulferous methane smell. It was not pleas

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Date Posted: 2005-08-21 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada General Info

Tibicen tibicen's New Northern Range

Tibicen canicularis female Update 3/21/11: The species name formerly known as Tibicen chloromera has been changed to Tibicen tibicen. The article has been edited to reflect this change. I just wanted to let you all know that my trip to Connecticut was very fruitful. I was able to get within 7 miles of the Massachusetts border before I could no longer hear Tibicen chloromera Tibicen tibicen. However, it was a really cool day today even in Connecticut and it took a while for Tibicen chloromera Tibicen tibicen to start sin

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Date Posted: 2005-08-18 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada Missions

How To Determine Gender of Nymph Skins

Female cast off nymphal shell Have a look at the picture to the left. See that brown thing? That is a cast off nymphal skin (exuvium) of a Tibicen lyricen cicada. Pretty cool huh? Ever wonder what the sex of something like that is? Well, just recently I learned the trick to determine which gender of cicada left the nymphal skin behind, a girl cicada or a boy cicada. To be honest, I could never figure it out until recently. And in the spirit of what this web site is about and I quote: I'm going to try to learn something

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Date Posted: 2005-08-17 Comments: (1) Category: Cicada How To

A Vist to Hazardville, CT

Molting T. canicularis cicada Update 3/21/11: The species name formerly known as Tibicen chloromera has been changed to Tibicen tibicen. The article has been edited to reflect this change. Other than finding that rogue T. chloromera T. tibicen in my back yard on August 10, 2005 calling in the trees, I have been unsuccessful in finding T. chloromera T. tibicen cicadas in Massachusetts. As mentioned yesterday I was thinking about trying to track T. chloromera's T. tibicen's northern most range to see if it can be heard here.

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Date Posted: 2005-08-13 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada Missions

T. tibicen in Connecticut

Tibicen tibicen in Connecticut Update 3/25/11: - The species name Tibicen chloromera Tibicen tibicen has officially been changed to Tibicen tibicen.. This article has been edited to reflect that change. For some time now it has been documented that the northern most range of Tibicen chloromera Tibicen tibicen cicadas is in southwestern Connecticut, Fairfield County to be exact. With the help of Mike Neckerman, a fellow cicada colleague who lives in Connecticut, he has assured me that the documented range is and forever sha

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Date Posted: 2005-08-11 Comments: (5) Category: Cicada Missions

T. tibicen calling in Massachusetts!

Tibicen tibicen Update 3/15/11: After the writing of this article the species formerly known as Tibicen chloromera has been changed to Tibicen tibicen. This article has been edited to reflect this change. Hey all, at first I thought that maybe I was crazy, just hearing things. This site is only supposed to be about the two species of Tibicen cicadas known to be in Massachusetts Tibicen lyricen and Tibicen canicularis. Now though, there may be a third! Yesterday I was outside with my fiance and both of us

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Date Posted: 2005-08-11 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada General Info

More Cicadas Obtained via Cicada Killer

Teneral Tibicen canicularis Pine Grove Cemetery, Westford - Yesterday I emailed Professor Chuck Holliday to ask just how many Cicadas he would like to have for study from this lek of Cicada Killers. I have already obtained 7 total Cicadas for him, six Tibicen lyricen and one Tibicen canicularis for a total of 7 cicadas. He emailed requesting three additional specimens. I told him it wouldn't be a problem so I'm back one more time. This will probably be the last time this year to observe these Cicada Killers because while

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Date Posted: 2005-07-29 Comments: (0) Category: Cicada Projects

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Did you spot an annual cicada or a cicada killer wasp? If you did and you have a photo and want to report it, please click the link below.

Brood I Information

The Brood I periodical cicada emergence happened in 2012 in Virginia, W. Virginia and Tennessee. Below are some of the highlights.

Brood XIX Information

The Brood XIX periodical cicada emergence has come and gone. Below is some information that you may find helpful.