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Cicada Sighting Northwest, CT

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Cicada Sighting Northwest, CT

Hello from down here in Connecticut!

We (myself and my two kids) are so happy to have found your web site today! While we were out walking our rabbit today, we found something very interesting on the side of our house. My 8 year son ran and got his bug catcher and we gingerly scooped it inside.It appeared to be attached to another bug, nope, it was the exoskeleton. So we fired up the computer did some investigating and behold it was a Cicada that had just got done molting. Darn, we just missed the process!!!

We just wanted to say thank you for the very informative web site, had we know not to touch it, we would have left it be.

Time to go set the strange little fellow free.

Date Posted: 2006-07-24 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-11-25 | Website:

Hi Evelyn

Thanks for the picture. This specimen is still teneral (teneral means still soft and pink shortly after molting) and it looks very healthy. I'm glad to see that the wings survived! That means it will fly without a problem.

It looks like Tibicen canicularis. But I can't know for sure until it gets its full colors. If you have a picture a few hours after molting I'll know for sure.

Connecticut has several species of annual Cicadas. Tibicen lyricen. Tibicen chloromera, Tibicen linnei and Tibicen canicularis.

Tibicen canicularis sounds like a loud buzz-saw in the trees. Tibicen lyricen sounds like a droning air conditioner, Tibicen linnei sounds like a baby shaking a rattle, and to be honest, Tibicen chloromera really sounds unique. Only the males make the sounds. What they are doing when they make that sound is singing for a mate. The females make no sounds at all.

Your specimen looks like a male. Great picture!

Posted By: Evelyn | On: 2010-12-13 | Website:

Thanks for all the information! We kept him/her for a little while today. The kids liked watching it turn from the pink to the blues and browns. I'm happy to report we had lift off this evening and the kids really got a kick out of just how loud those wings are!
For your tracking purposes, we live in Northwest Connecticut.

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