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What is this? - Neotibicen canicularis

What is this? - Neotibicen canicularis
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
August 12, 2007
Size: 2-3 inches
I have found 3 of these on my childrens climber and afew empty shells (skins) really want to know what they are

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What is this? - Neotibicen canicularis What is this? - Neotibicen canicularis What is this? - Neotibicen canicularis What is this? - Neotibicen canicularis


Moved from Dog-day Cicada.

Moved from Cicadas.

Those are cicadas.
I don't know what kind exactly, but they're emerging from their larval state underground, where they've been hanging out for years. They split out of their old larval skins with new wings and take to the trees now, and they'll sing to you incessantly until their season passes.

We had our big emergence of periodical cicadas here in Virginia a few years back - here's a page I made of the event. They come out in a huge mass every 17 years here, but there are other types of cicadas which come out yearly.

17 and 13-year cicadas?
We had a massive, massive cicada population one year in Missouri. It happened about 8-9 years ago, I think. Outside, it was louder than a rock concert. It literally hurt your ears. I was told that there were both 17-year and 13-year cicadas that year. Could that possibly be true? Are there two cycles of cicadas? I also noticed that the cicadas that year were unusual in color -- black with really red eyes. The others I'd seen came in more color variety, and were a little larger. Do the 17-year, or whatever, cycle cicadas look different than other cicadas?

uhhh those things are so gross..please tell me they don't bite

Don't worry!
They ARE gross when they emerge, and it definitely took me some time to get used to them, but before long I was picking them up myself. They don't bite. =)

thank you...I wonder if they aren't what has been ruining my husband swore we had a grub problem but I haven't seen any of those

These definitely look like grubs
if you dig them up, and like my page says, they live in a burrow down in the dirt. They suck the sap from tree roots, and I don't believe they ruin the lawn, though I could be wrong.

We had cicadas in our yard ne
We had cicadas in our yard nearly all my childhood and we had a great lawn!

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