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Cicada Sighting in Falmouth, Ma.

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Cicada Sighting in Falmouth, Ma.

This newly emerged adult was found resting just above the nymph shell one sunny morning on a tree in the front yard. I wouldn't have seen it if it was not trash day, it definately took me off guard. I don't know too much about cicadas, but felt lucky to spot such an impressive insect.

Date Posted: 2012-07-25 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2012-07-25 | Website:

Hi Rebecca,

You are correct that it is quite rare to see newly emerged cicadas. This one is in "teneral" form. It has recently eclosed from the nymphal skin and is now sitting around and drying out. It will turn dark brown and green with transparent wings.

This is Tibicen lyricen and from the the looks of it, it is a female. Its been my experience that females can emerge in greater numbers later in the summer than the males and Falmouth on Cape Cod has a well established population of Tibicen lyricen there. Go out side the city limits and Tibicen lyricen is surprisingly absent.

Thanks for sharing your photo.

Posted By: Amy hourihan | On: 2012-08-15 | Website:

Have found nymph shells in my garden and on birch trees last summer and again this summer.

Live in Marblehead, MA

8 fort Sewall lane.

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