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Young cicada

Young cicada
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Copyright: Jean Luc Fitoussi (Jean-Luc) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 3 N: 17] (73)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus IS 3000, Canon 18-55mm, Fuji 200ASA, Skylight
Exposure: 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-08-20 4:55
Viewed: 5894
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Young cicada surprised at the time of its exit of its chrysalis, right before its take-off.

This photo has been digitized then improved and croped with Adobe PhotoShop.

- There are approximately 4500 species of cicadas in the world, including 16 in the south of France.
- The cicadas lived already since 265 millions years on Russia. By way of comparison, the first man appeared only 3 million years ago.
– The cicada is the noisiest insect of the planet
- The cicadas live from four to six years under the ground without never seeing the sun, follow-ups from three to four weeks in free air in summer. Afterwards, they die.
- In North America exists species called "Tibicina septendecim" which must remain until seventeen years under the ground, before seeing the first sunbeam
- All the cicadas die before the cold season. Nobody had never seen nor heard a cicada after mid-September.
– It is also the only insect to have the wings in the shape of "roof" at rest
– The cicadas - larvae or adults - eat sap exclusively; sap of trees, plants or roots; nothing else.
On larval or adult phase, they use a kind of horn or rostre. It is a kind of very hard slender syringe, that they intoduce in various roots or plants, to suck their sap.
- The cicadas nourish themselves in that manner... and of course, neither with fly nor small worm... as « Monsieur de la Fontaine » would like to make us swallow in his fable « the cicada and the ant» !
- The mouth of a cicada is similar to the straw for drinking soda, a large and hard straw, like a syringe, forming part of its face !

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Cool! I've seen darters emerging, but never a cicada ;-) Interesting to see the beast together with its larvae shell.
Clean capture, DOF seems rather shallow (the wings seem to be slipping a fraction), but the background is clean and setting it off nicely.

Welcome to TN. WOW! 1st time for me too. Very well handled in the conditions. Interesting photo of both the shell and Cicada. Great work. Thanx.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-20 12:32]

Bravo ! Une belle macro d'un moment magique !

Welcome to TN Jean
very intresting 1st post, very well seen.
A few more details about both the cicada and how you took the shot would be nice to see.Here on TN the notes are as important as the the image, have a look around and you will soon find some examples to give you food for thought.

Hi dear Jean!

I'm glad to see you with this amazing shot in insects categories,well done,very amazing,a great moment you captured it,I like it ,scientific shot,too,You did great,Jean!

This is just an amazing capture Jean. In the right place at the exact time I guess. Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-13 14:47]

Jean Luc
Nice note, And I love La Fontaine story of the shoemaker and the money lender.
This picture is lovely, I would just crop most of the FG below the bug off. This will enhance your compo a lot

I just started to learn about this insect. Because they be in my back yard. When I be watering my plants they will come out and fly into something. And it will freak me out. But i wanna kno' what the hell is a Cicada before it comes out the back of whatever that creature is called! YUCK!!!!! so gross. Why does this happen the way it does, instead of building a cacoon like a catapillar does when it's gonna change into a butterfly.

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