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First T. canicularis Cicada Found.

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First T. canicularis Cicada Found.

T. canicularis teneral

Fairview Cemetery - Westford. It's very hot and humid today. I decided to try my luck in this new location. Found many exuvia on a lot of trees and head stones. Tibicen canicularis and Tibicen lyricen are happily calling in the trees.

Right off the bat, I found a T. lyricen nymph just starting to eclose on a retaining wall. On this wall were several other exuvia. Since I'm trying to document the different morphologies this year in Tibicen canicularis and Tibicen lyricen cicadas, I decided that I would wait for the eclose process to complete before I take this specimen. This means that I have an hour-and-a-half at least to kill.

While searching other parts of the cemetery, I discovered another cicada nymph crawling up a headstone. This one is really small so I conclude that it is Tibicen canicularis. I decide to wait for this one to eclose at home. So I put it in my trusty tray with the individual compartments. Once the Tibicen lyricen completed eclosing, I took both specimens home. The T. lyricen turned out to be a male.

When I took the nymph home it turned out to be a Tibicen canicularis female. I will photograph both these along with the other T. lyricen that I got from Pine Crest Cemetery and release the T. lyricens but keep the T. canicularis female as this is the first one of the season.

Date Posted: 2005-07-16 Comments: (0) Show CommentsHide Comments


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