A Cicada – Busting Out

COMMON NAME: Cicada
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tibicen genus (species not yet identified)
FAMILY: Cicadidae

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.

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2 thoughts on “A Cicada – Busting Out

  1. Wow!!! Spectacular work!!! I became aware of these creatures when I moved to the high desert of Yucca Valley. I would hear them when the temps would reach a certain degree but I never saw them because they are so alert to the very turning of one's head in trying to locate them. But one day when I was about 28 years old, I was outside my cabin/house with my little girl who was under 2 years old & she pointed to a cicada in a bush near us. I was amazed because I'd never spotted one on my own even though I'd seen their offcast exoskeletons & heard them for so long. My girl is now 27 years old. The cicada was awesomely beautiful.

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  2. I enjoy hearing of your encounters Kate. I agree, they are very hard to spot. This one was very lucky since it was attached to the door frame. Other than this, I once saw a cicada on a tree branch because I was looking for things to photograph, and I also happened to see one under a hanging planter on the porch. Almost missed it, they are always so obscure even when they are right next to you.

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