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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 in New England

Hunt for Okanagana in New England If you live in Massachusetts or anywhere in New England and have seen Okanagana rimosa or Okanagana canadensis it would be appreciated if you could drop an email. Since I am anxious to find live specimens of this species for study. Their discarded exuvia (nymph shells) look like the below images: Click the images for a closer look. Sorry for the poor quality but hopefully you can make out the prominent black bands. This is how you can tell the difference between Okanagana cicada ex

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Date Posted: 2005-06-20 Comments: (1)

More Morphological Variations in T. canicularis

Morphological differences in T. canicularis In my effort to start documenting morphological variations within a species, I decided to stay home today to do more work on the web site. I spent the day taking dorsal and ventral pictures of the six Cicadas I obtained yesterday in order to document size and color variations. There seems to be great variability in cicadas taken from the same location. It would seem that in some cases habitat variation may not always be the reasons for these morphological differences. I took some nice outsid

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Date Posted: 2004-08-27 Comments: (0)

Morphological Variations in Tibicen canicularis

Morphological variations in T. canicularis Cicadas are perhaps one of the most difficult of insects to identify. There are so many morphological variations among the same species that make them difficult to identify. I have decided as an on-going project to document all morphological differences. I am hopeful that in the future, I will be able to come up with a reliable key to the different species of cicadas here in New England. Today I decided to stay home and document all the variations in species that I have been

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Date Posted: 2004-08-25 Comments: (0)

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