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Tibicen Cicada in Weymouth, MA

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Tibicen Cicada in Weymouth, MA

Wow – I never saw a bug like this. Should I call an exterminator? These photos taken with my cell phone. – so they are not too clear. I am not a bug aficionado, but this is worth investigating. And I would not want to hurt it if it is not going to hurt me, my house or my dogs. When I lightly touched it with my finger it chattered – so I left it alone.


Maybe it is not rare and no one cares. I hope to hear something from you.


Date Posted: 2008-08-10 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-12-16 | Website:

HI Rose,

Just to follow up. The photos look like that of the species of Cicada known as Tibicen canicularis. Consider yourself lucky to spot one, they are rare to be found down low like that. Cicadas are harmless. The don't bite or sting or anything so you can actually handle them with no problems. That one looks like a male.

Posted By: Rose | On: 2010-12-16 | Website:

Hi Gerry,
I asked my neighbor to keep an eye out too.

Would you want me to catch it? Or call you if I see them again?

You said something about a shell (which was actually just a brown scrape on my house shingle) – anyway,… I had many big scary looking bugs a few weeks ago and happen to take a picture of it to show my bug exterminator friend.

He said they would not do harm to my house. They were shiny large beetle like things with short inward curled pinchers.

So now I am wondering if this is where the cicada came from?

Thanks again – it was awesome that you called me.


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