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Cicada in Niantic, CT

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Cicada in Niantic, CT

New London county. Outside temperature in the 80's. Time of day was around 10:30am.

Date Posted: 2007-07-10 Comments: (3) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-12-11 | Website:

HI Denise,

Thanks for the very nice photos of the cicada. It is of a male Tibicen lyricen. These are pretty common in your area. However your area (judging from the map) looks like it would have some other cool species of cicadas as well.

Thanks for the photos and data point. I have added it to my database.

Posted By: Denise | On: 2010-12-11 | Website:

Hi Gerry,

Thank you for the information. I was so concerned about getting my pictures to you that I forgot to add my comments! By the way, I am sorry that I sent 3 e-mails to get you all of my pictures, I wasn't sure how else to do it. We spotted these "giant flies" in our yard in July and took photos because we didn't know what they were, and then forgot about them. Then the other day we saw some more "shells" (the brown picture) in our yard, 3 of them. So we tried to do some investigating and guessed that they were cicadas and did a search on the internet and found your website. I thought, like everybody else, that we were on the 17 year cycle with them which was either last year or the year before. Are they common every year? Thank you so much for all of your help.

Thanks again,

Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-12-11 | Website:

Hi Denise

You used the form exactly as it was designed to do. I need to figure out how to make it so users can upload all of their photos at the same time. Right now it is designed for only one photo to be submitted at a time.

The cicadas that you took photos of are of the Annual variety. That is, they emerge from the ground every year.

This past June was the emergence of the 17 year periodical cicadas that were scheduled to emerge in the mid-west. Those are from Brood XIII. There were no appearances in Connecticut this year. Below is a link to a distribution map for Brood XIII

Next year Brood XIV 17 year cicadas are scheduled to emerge in the mid-atlantic states which is where the majority of their distribution is. Brood XIV skips Connecticut altogether and here in Massachusetts we get them in Barnstable and Plymouth counties. Only one species though, Magicicada septendecim. Check out the below link for Brood XIV's distribution

Thanks again Denise.

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