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Another Night Visit to a Cemetery in Lowell

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Another Night Visit to a Cemetery in Lowell

Tibicen lyricen female cicada

10:30 pm - Back at my favorite place to hunt Cicadas. This cemetery seems to be producing very good results. However, time is important so I'm just going to stop in for a quick look around.

I went to my favorite ash trees as these seem to be producing the most Cicadas now. I saw a nymph just about to climb out of reach so I snatched it and placed it in my mason jar. This particular ash tree was drippig water through a wound in it's bark. We had a lot of rain the night before.

I checked my other favorite cicada producing ash trees and noticed a newly emerged cicada approximately 8 feet up from the base of the tree. Another 10 feet higher. I snapped a few night time pictures but they came out blurry as usual. I can't seem to get my friggin' camera to take decent pics. I can only seem to take pics in a controlled environment. I went to the tree that seems to be producing deformed cicadas, nothing tonight however. This tree seems to be producing cicadas in the morning.

I got back home at about 11:30 pm. The nymph that I obtained stayed in the jar for about an hour. As long as it didn't have a place in which to anchor it's legs, it really wasn't interested in molting.

I placed the nymph on a lilac branch and snapped a few pics to make sure my camera was at optimum range. It took this nymph a while to settle down to a spot on the branch that it liked to start molting.

The thumbnails below are another cut down time sequence of this Cicada molting. To see the full sequence of events.

Note: This female T. lyricen was identical to the previous nymph so I let it go in the morning.

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