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This sections contains general news articles that don't quite fit into the other news categories. Cicadas General Info contain articles such as reports from contributors, information on first emergences during a cicada season as well as information on areas where the author has revisited. There are lots of images and videos contained within these articles. Feel free to ask questions and post comments in the comments section at the end of each article.

Still More Cicadas Found at St. Patrick Cemetery

Tibicen canicularis cicada 8:15 AM - I found a newly emerged Cicada on one of the Ash trees I have been visiting a lot lately. This Ash tree is the tree where I discovered my first 2 T. lyricen Cicadas of the year and the one that Mickey said was diseased. No deformities on this T. canicularis. I find 2 others on a pine tree. I noticed one Cicada on a Maple tree that failed to emerge from the shell properly. It's head is missing. I noticed that a wasp landed on it and seemed to be taking pieces away. Unfortuately I

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Date Posted: 2004-08-19 Comments: (0)

Many Cicada Tenerals at St. Patrick Cemetery

T. canicularis teneral on pine tree 9:15 pm - Back again. I'm in Cicada heaven this evening. Tons of Cicadas on many different types of trees. All seem to be T. canicularis however. Not a single one is T. lyricen. I'm finding a lot on Pine trees and some on Ash, Oak and Maple. I even find 5 nymphs. All also look like T. canicularis though some are bigger than others. Took many pictures at the cemetery and collected 6 cicada specimens. Two were even deformed including one that was still stuck in the nymph shell by it's hi

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Date Posted: 2004-08-14 Comments: (0)

Videos of Stuck Cicadas and the Eclose Process

Problems with the eclose process in cicadas 11:00 am - It's lightly drizzling outside today but the T. lyricen Cicadas are still singing. This is truly a first, I've never known Cicadas to sing in a light rain. I walk around to my favorite spots for Cicadas. I noticed another T. canicularis on a pine tree that was stuck in the middle of the molting process. It's stuck in a similar postition as the one discovered the day before. Click on the thumbnail to the right to see a short video clip of this Cicada. Notice how black the nymph sh

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Date Posted: 2004-08-13 Comments: (0)

Many Deformed Cicadas at St. Patrick Cemetery

Deformed Cicadas at St. Patrick 11:00 AM - I took a few days off to get some work done on this web site but I finally make it back to St. Patrick Cemetery. I make the usual rounds on my favorite Ash trees and I discover one cicada partially emerged from its shell. I watch this one intently but it looks stuck. It cannot complete the molt process and is only partially emerged. The thumbnail to the right is a link to a movie file that I took on this guy. The sound quality kinda sucks because the wind was really b

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Date Posted: 2004-08-12 Comments: (0)

Morning After Visits to Pine Ridge and St. Patrick

T. lyricen at base of monument 10:30 am - With my poor luck the night before here, I decided to try my luck at Pine Ridge Cemetery during the day. I searched practically the entire cemetery with no luck. Just as I was about to leave, I found a female T. canicularis at the base of a pine tree. Too bad every picture I took of it came out rather blurry so I'm sorry to report I have no photos for you. St. Patrick Cemetery - Lowell, MA. 11:49 am - While at St. Patrick, I decided to check the Oak tree where I found the little

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Date Posted: 2004-08-08 Comments: (0)

Night-time Cemetery Visits

9:45 pm - I decided to head to Pine Ridge and try my luck here. I found many signs of exuvia on many trees with the majority of them being pine. No Cicadas molting however as it is a very cool evening. The shells I'm seeing may be a result of daytime molting. Since the exuvia were on pine trees I am going to assume that these are nymph shells left behind by Tibicen canicularis. Night Visit Number 2 St. Patrick Cemetery - Lowell, MA. 10:42 pm - With no luck at Pine Ridge I decid

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Date Posted: 2004-08-07 Comments: (0)

Pine Ridge Cemetery - Some Place New!

8:00 am - Pine Ridge Cemetery is a new cemetery I discovered while driving around looking for new places. It is located just off of Chelmsford Center on Rte 129. It looked pretty big so I decided to drive in and take a look. I did find 6 exuvia on various pine and Maple trees but no Cicadas today. I noticed over by the cemetery office there was a guy sort of standing around having a smoke and watching what I was doing. He was the only one there so I decided to go over and introduce myself. I f

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Date Posted: 2004-08-06 Comments: (0)

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