COMMON NAME: Cicada
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tibicen genus (species not yet identified)
Click on any photo to enlarge (highly recommended). All 6 photos were taken with a Canon 100mm macro lens on 9 July 2012.
This first photo shows a cicada emerging from its nymph skin. Notice the shiny glassy eyes.
This cicada was on the back door frame, outside. I happened upon it at the right time, camera in hand, macro lens already attached. Getting the good shots relies a lot on luck.
This is an underneath shot. The belly and front legs are in focus, as well as the emerging wings on each side.
A top view. You can see red markings between the eyes, and the nose(?), if that’s anatomically correct. (I don’t have time to research everything thoroughly prior to posting). You also see detail of the neck(?) and upper back.
A side view. Where the orange and yellow bits are is where the curled-up wings are emerging.
At this stage cicadas tend to lean down and back just before they fully emerge from the skin. You can see the wings beginning to unfurl, the 3 left legs, and other details on the body.
Fully emerged, wings stretched out, and just about ready to fly.
A closer look at the final product, where you can see a lot of body detail and the under-the-wing structure.