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Tibicen tibicen on Cape Cod, MA

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Tibicen tibicen on Cape Cod, MA

Found in Yarmouth Port Barnstable County. Landed on our deck fense in our back yard

Date Posted: 2010-08-10 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Gerry | On: 2010-12-03 | Website:

Dear Mary,

This is truly exciting. You have managed to capture an image of a very rare cicada that is not readily seen on Cape Cod. The specimen is that of a Tibicen tibicen cicada. While these cicadas are in high abundance in Connecticut, I have heard or seen very few of this species of cicada in Massachusetts. This one looks to be a female.

Can you give me a bit more information as to how you found it? Did it stay on the fence for a long time? This is really significant!

Posted By: Mary | On: 2010-12-03 | Website:

Hi Gerry,

Oh, I am so excited too!!
Maybe it hitched a ride w/ a tourist over the Sagamore Bridge! Here are more specific details:

I was on my west facing deck ( that overlooks the golf course here @ 'GCYP' & saw it fly onto the railing & w/ my handy phone camera was able to get very close to it w/out disturbing it & snap the pic.

It did nothing for a long while then finally flew away!

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