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Leaving the vineyard

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Leaving the vineyard

More Cicada Killer Burrows

Today while packing up, it seemed really busy in the morning for T. auletes at the camp ground. I heard several males calling on several occasions. Unfortunately by the time I was done packing up and out of there, they seemed to be quiet for the better part of the day.

I went back to the same area where I caught my specimen yesterday but I did not catch another one. They were reluctant to call.

Two More Cicada Killers Spotted!

Cicada Killer burrow.In the state forest along a fire road I did come across several cicada killer burrows. Since I had some time to kill, I decided to wait around to see if a female would bring in a cicada. So I put a jar over an entrance to a burrow but instead of having a cicada killer bring me a cicada, the female was down in its burrow so that when it flew out it flew right into the jar. I decided to keep this specimen for Professor Chuck Holiday who is doing research on this species.

By the time late afternoon came, the temperature dropped significantly. There were no cicadas calling now. So I decided to end my trip here. If I would've caught another T. auletes it would've just been gravy anyway. I made my way back to Oak Bluffs where I caught the ferry.

This concludes the account of my trip to Martha's Vineyard. I hope you enjoyed the photos and my account of what I did. I would suggest to all who have read this to try to make it over one summer. It truly is a very nice place to vacation though a bit on the expensive side.

Date Posted: 2006-08-14 Comments: (0) Show CommentsHide Comments


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