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The Cicada Projects section contains articles of two different types. Type one pertains to those subjects where the author is trying to find out something new and interesting about cicadas. Type two pertains to subjects where the author hosts visiting researchers in projects that involve Massachusetts and New England.

Okanagana rimosa Found...Finally!

Okanagana rimosa I have finally captured a specimen of Okanagana rimosa today in Massachusetts. I have been trying to find this species here in Massachusetts since 2004. I knew it was here because I had an old exuvia that I found that year. In fact that nymphal skin of an O. rimosa was the very first skin that I found in Massachusetts when I decided to take up the study of cicadas after the Brood X emergence. The problem with O. rimosa is that the male's calling song is high pitched and I was getting it confus

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Date Posted: 2007-06-30 Comments: (0)

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)

Sit and Wait for Cicadas Still Holds True

Male Cicada Killer Pine Grove Cemetery, Westford - Last night we had very bad thunderstorms roll through our area. Power went out around 7:00pm and didn't come back on till after 11:00 pm. Lots of trees blew over and there was even some hale. Not much to do during that time. However, I was curious as to the devastation that may have occurred in the Cicada Killers' burrows, so I went back today to have a look. While the burrows were still wet from all the rain the previous evening, there was not much damage. On

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Date Posted: 2005-07-28 Comments: (0)

Sit and Wait for Cicadas

Cicada stung by cicada killer I should of thought of this a long time ago. After studying these Cicada Killers for about a week or two, I have learned a whole lot about these cool insects. Instead of driving everywhere to try to obtain cicadas while they are molting, all I have to do is pull up a chair and wait for a female Cicada Killer to bring in a Cicada. Today, I managed to wrestle away from female Cicada killers, three Tibicen lyricen cicadas. Two were male and one was a female. It was quite easy really. Here is how

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Date Posted: 2005-07-26 Comments: (1)

Cicada Killers of New England

New England Cicada Killer Sphecius speciosus This year I discovered the very fascinating Cicada Killer Wasps (Sphecius speciosus) here in Massachusetts. If you have been reading the blogs for this year, you know about all the information that I have collected on these amazing insects. While seeking further knowledge on Cicada Killer wasps I found Professor Chuck Holliday from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania who has been studying these insects for several years now. I firmly believe in helping others out in their various fields of study

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Date Posted: 2005-07-21 Comments: (78)

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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.