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August 16, 2006

A Tibicen shedding its skin

Filed under: Tibicen — Dan @ 8:43 pm

Here’s a great photo of a Tibicen shedding its skin from Chris Millette.

Thought you might like to share my photo of a dog day cicada that I
made in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania last week.



  1. Anne says:

    Very good picture. I had never seen a cicada before tonight at 3:00 a.m. Although I can hear them! I guess it took moving out of South Philly to the suburbs where there are more trees to finally find out what that noisemaker really looks like. It scared the life out of me and my daughter! It must have crawled under my apartment door. I think the poor thing was dying and it didn’t take long before my two cats (after they stopped fighting over it) got to it. I didn’t let them eat, although they tried, because it looked like they could choke on it.
    I found this site while trying to figure out just what the heck that thing was that came to visit so early in the a.m. and it was loud enough crawling under a bag I though I had a mouse (not what I want with a newborn here!)

  2. sondra says:

    I’ve been searching for what this carkus became. I just didn’t belive that it was a cicada for some reason. I’ve only seen live ones close up about 4 times. I was actually photographing the husk of one this month and then came across another. Still not knowing what it was and if it became something else. I’ve run across a third one but it didn’t seem to have emerged yet.. I will have to check back and see if it’s still like that or if its just not going to emerge.

    Wonderful web site and amazing pictures.
    Thanks ~sondra~ Minneapolis, MN

  3. Chris says:

    I used to catch these big buggs and tie thread around them and fly them like a kites. I found the key chaines avalible at Smart Zone Technology limited. they have a web site. check it out.

  4. Peter Linari says:

    Hello, just read the article in the Sunday Times Metro section and that’s how I found out about your site. I live in Manahattan (NYC) and I had a cicada on the inside of my flyscreen at my window on the 9th floor of my building. It scared the bejeesus out of me. I wanted to let it out but everytime I touched the screen it made a loud noise and fell down on the windowsill. I didn’t want it to fly into my apartment so I closed the window and then it climbed up the screen to the top and flew away. That was one of the scariest moments for me. Just a note from a cityslicker who is not acquainted with such wildlife.

  5. Sharon says:

    Wow! Great photo.. wonder how long it takes to capture such a pic.

  6. Dan in Houston says:

    Mighty fine shot. It takes time, thought and patience to get these kinds of shots. Bravo!

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