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Cicadas in Brentwood, NH

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Cicadas in Brentwood, NH

Sorry don't know the coordinates but it was seen sitting in the paved road about 300 yards from my house on the connecting road..Gove Street. Appeared hurt or unable to fly and perhaps one of its wings were hurt. In my photos you can see one wing a bit curved and not straight like the other.I snapped at least 5 photos up close and it did not move. I have a couple of shots at different angles if you'd like them.

Date Posted: 2009-08-12 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-12-06 | Website:

Hi Rachel

Thanks very much for the photo. I can tell by your image that this is Tibicen canicularis. It looks to be female. T. canicularis is pretty much our most common species up here in New England. New Hampshire has others that I have been able to document.

In southern New Hampshire there are Tibicen chloromerus, Tibicen lyricen and Tibicen canicularis.

More northern regions only have Tibicen cancicularis and Okanagana rimosa and perhaps another species known as Okanagana canadensis.

This specimen's wing is definitely damaged, probably due to an unsuccessful molting process. It will probably not survive long unfortunately. They emerge from the ground as nymphs and then molt. Sometimes the process doesn't go well and the wings sometimes get damaged and sometimes they can rip their own legs off!

Thanks very much for the information. I will add it to my database.

Posted By: Rachel | On: 2010-12-06 | Website:

Hi Gerry,

Thanks so much for the quick response..I am definitely learning as I go here with this insect. They really are quite interesting and there is a slew of info on the net about them. Honestly I had never heard of them before I saw this and did a Google search. My first inclination was that it was a Locust..and it did take a bit of digging to actually confirm its I didn't know where to begin and did not know its name..I am happy to have now learned some new things when typically I run for the hills when it comes to bugs..especially this size..but I had the camera in hand and didn't want to miss the opportunity..I had a feeling it was hurt...or something wrong with the wing but obviously it had gotten around a bit as it was in the middle of the road on a paved street..hardly think it popped up out of the ground where I found maybe there is a chance for its survival..I will just keep thinking that..Again..I really thank you for the info..they reply and the new found interest I have in this insect..


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