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Cicadas in Southborough, MA

I saw the emergence - first 2 pictures on Tuesday morning. The wings were not fully opened when I had to leave. Came back an hour later and he was gone, only the shell remaining. Exactly 3 days later, same time of day, an adult appeared as seen in the 3rd picture. These are all taken on the inside of a wood step between our home and backyard. My question is: is it likely to be the same cicada in all the pictures? Do cicadas have a habit of returning to the shell for any reason? Many thanks!

Date Posted: 2007-08-03 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-12-10 | Website:

Hi Judy

Thank you very much for the interesting series of pictures. I'd have to say that these are two separate specimens. In the first two photos (cicada 1 and cicada 2) this is of a male T. canicularis.

Judging by the shape of the posterior abdomen and the lack of timbal covers in your third image this specimen is definitely female. T. canicularis.

Thanks for the photos.

Posted By: Judy | On: 2010-12-10 | Website:

Hi Gary,

Thank you very much. What you do awakens us to the preciousness and wonder of the natural world around us. I have learned and appreciate these amazing creatures so much more than before! They are AMAZING!


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