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Tibicen Exuviae from Jacksboro, TN

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Tibicen Exuviae from Jacksboro, TN

Hi Gerry:

This is Diane. I have not gotten the sound recording yet but had a surprise outside today. On my driveway my husband and I found these shells that I believe to be cicada's (like when I saw so many attached to tree's at Cades Cove). My husband thinks it's a beetle but I think it looks the same as the cicada with the legs and eyes and where the wings would be. Also, we checked the trees and the noise seems to be coming up higher and I didn't see any bugs on the trees. But we saw one shell attached to our Weeping Willow tree. I have sent these pictures but I don't know that you can tell what species these are by just the shell, if not can you confirm that these are cicada's?

Thank you Diane

Date Posted: 2008-07-18 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


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

Hi Diane

Those are indeed cast off nymphal shells of cicadas. They look to be of the genus Tibicen. I can tell this because of their "hunchback" look. What you need to do is go out in your yard at night to see if you can find the cicadas molting from these shells. In that way you may be able to take photos and I can ID species for you.

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

Thank you.

Well, it's midnight and I think the neighbors would be weird'd out with me poking outside on a Friday night w/a flash light but maybe tomorrow a little earlier, lol. Let me know if you were able to get into the digital noise I sent you, someone helped us email it to you. Maybe with the noise you will know for sure but it sounds like a lot. The noise intensifies at dusk. That was done at 8:45 at night and it's still light out til 9:30 p.m. here plus we have the light after that of the full moon, too. Diane

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