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This sections contains general news articles that don't quite fit into the other news categories. Cicadas General Info contain articles such as reports from contributors, information on first emergences during a cicada season as well as information on areas where the author has revisited. There are lots of images and videos contained within these articles. Feel free to ask questions and post comments in the comments section at the end of each article.

Get Ready for Brood XIX!

Get Ready for Brood XIX Hey folks. Welcome to the start of another cicada season. The only difference is, 2011 will be a year for a periodical cicadas emergence. In fact from now, all the way to 2021, somewhere in the United States, a periodical cicada brood will make an appearance. In 2008, Massachusetts Cicadas spent a lot of time on Cape Cod because in that year, Brood XIV periodical cicadas made an appearance. As with previous brood emergences, Massachusetts Cicadas has been involved in a rather large effort to ma

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Date Posted: 2011-03-30 Comments: (4)

More Cicada Survey Work in Concord N.H.

Okanagana rimosa dorsal view I returned once again today to try my luck with catching an Okanagana rimosa cicada at the Concord Pine Barrens along Pembroke Rd. I am happy to report that after several failed attempts I was finally successful at snagging one of the little buggers! I managed to catch a singing specimen in a low Aspen tree. The tree was approximately 10 feet tall with a very thin trunk. I was able to grab the trunk and bend it slowly and gently so as not to stress the tree or disturb the cicada. When the cicada

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Date Posted: 2010-06-20 Comments: (0)

Today is a Good Day for Cicadas!

Okanagana rimosa specimen Despite the slow start for our Tibicen species of cicadas, I think we are at the peak of the emergence now for O. rimosa. If you remember, I started looking for this species earlier than usual this year because in previous years I would always get a late start. With the emergence of the periodical cicadas last year on Cape Cod, I really didn't have time to seek out O. rimosa then. By now, there should be Tibicen cicadas calling in the trees but its' unusually quiet here in Massachusetts. No

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Date Posted: 2009-07-11 Comments: (0)

Happy 4th of July!

Morning Cloak Hey folks, happy fourth to you! Not much to report today. It's very cloudy outside with the sun coming out in dribs and drabs. I did manage to snag one O. rimosus cicada calling on a small pine sapling at the Montague Plains. Not much else to report really. I did manage to see some other really cool fauna today though. I was walking in the high grass and I looked down and nearly jumped out of my skin! I almost walked on top of a Black Racer Snake! These are common in Massachusetts and when you s

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Date Posted: 2009-07-04 Comments: (0)

First Tibicen of Massachusetts Reported!

Tibicen lyricen teneral Thanks to Kateri from Groton, MA for sending in this cool first photo of the 2009 season. This is a Tibicen lyricen just completing the eclose process on her car tire. I don't know what it is with this species but this is NOT the first time I've seen T. lyricen molting on car tires. I guess with the rubber, they can get a pretty good tight and secure grip! As suspected, Tibicen lyricen is the first species from the Tibicen genus to emerge on the mainland of Massachusetts. Also as is expecte

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Date Posted: 2009-07-02 Comments: (0)

Some Cicadas from Las Vegas, NV.

Diceroprocta species from Las Vegas So, is this a cool cicada or what? This little gem along with one other was captured in Las Vegas by my good friend Elias. Elias lives on Long Island and is a member of the Massachusetts Cicadas' Entomology-Cicadidae group. He was visiting Las Vegas for a 4 day bachelor party and wasn't quite sure if he wanted to spend time there hunting cicadas. But if you know Elias like I know Elias, you have to "prodd" him a little to get him going. I did this by convincing him that it would be wo

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Date Posted: 2009-06-30 Comments: (1)

Okanagana rimosa Habitat Revisited

Okanagana rimosa habitat I went back again to my favorite Okanagana hunting spots but the weather is basically more of the same for June. Dreary and cloudy with very little sun. The week prior was mostly rain. I think I heard somewhere on the news that for the month of June, we only had three days of sunshine which is really bad. After talking with friends and relatives, it would seem that this weather has affected most of the northeast. Still though, despite all this it isn't raining and that's a good sign. The sun is

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Date Posted: 2009-06-27 Comments: (0)

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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.