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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/11, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-08 19:32
Viewed: 2610
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this newly emerged Cicada late one evening clinging to a tomato stake that I had driven into the soil just hours earlier.

This was a bumper year for cicadas to emerge from their nymph stage after a long period of living underground (sometimes many years). I watched this particular fellow emerge from it's exoskeleton until it completely unfolded it's crinkled wings. From start to finish it took about 37 minutes.

The bulk of a cicadas' life is spent in a nymph stage undergroung. They hatch from eggs which are laid on living trees and then make their way to the ground where they burrow into the soil. They tap into the trees root system and suck sap, usually for several years.

When the time is right they make their way up through the soil usually after dark, and climb almost any vertical object. The shell of the nymph splits just below the back of the head and the newly hatched cicada emerges with wings all crinkled up. It doesn't take long before the wings completely unfold and the exoskeleton begins to slowly change color from a lime green to the adult colors, which varies with each species.

I will post a photo of it just as it started to emerge from it's exoskeleton in the WS.

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That's how I would have liked to have photographed a cicada! The dark background shows perfectly the wing venation from a good point of view. regards yiannis

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  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-09 0:04]

Hi Ron just fascinating. what a wonderful find an excellent description and details .. well done Rich

Hi Ron,
A beautiful shot of this cicada, lovely details sharpness, excellent point of view and wonderful contrasting against the dark background, a really nice image,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-09 1:48]

Hi Ron,spectacular capture of this little cicada,what a details and what a colors,and all in the dark background that i like a lot!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ron,
very good capture of this Cicada with great sharpness and splendid details. I especially like the vivid colours and the fine contrast against the dark background. Interesting workshop picture. Well done, my compliments.
Best wishes,

Ciao Ron, fantastic macro of lovely cicada, amazing details, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-09 6:16]

Hello Ron,
Very beautiful photo of this Cicada in very nice flash light. Taken from a good POV. Fine contrasting colours against the dark BG.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-09 6:26]

Hello Ron,
This is a perfect shot of this impressive looking Cicada! Lucky you to have had the possibility to to see this Cicada emerge and unfold its wings. And you made a superb shot, showing us so many details in best shape.How beautiful the structure of the wings.
Thanks a lot
Kind regards

Beautiful photo Ron! Interesting subject, good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hi Ron,
nice and interesting specie. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Ron,
This is a neat picture with the lit up Cicada and the dark background. I saw some of these when I was in Florida last summer. Very ususual bug, I googled it, it may be a 17 year cyle. Cool shot.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-09-10 7:16]

Hola Ron.
Great Macro. very well taken photo. A lot of fine detais to see here. Nice Bg.
Excellent work my friend

Hi Ron,

Excellent macro shot of this cicada with wonderful details & a very informative note.
Good POV & great sharpness in the dark. Well done & TFS.

Hello Ron,
You obviously know about Cicada's and that makes it so much more interesting. And what a beautiful image. Extraordianry image of an insect unknown to me even if as a result of ignoranve. Well done indeed.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-14 20:07]

Wow dear Ron!
You did a excellent work here! Bravo! This shot is fabulous! So many good details and an amazing sharpness.Great job, indeed! TFS
Regards from,

Ron, this is a great shot of the cicada. The wings show up good against the dark background. Nice job, Bill

great delicate cicada capture, TFS Ori

Hallo Ron,
a superb macro shot, impressive details and beautiful contrast of colours, excellent point of view and nice composition
Best regards

Hello Ron

WOW ! with the one on the WS the 2 photos
are great night shots, with superb focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Mr.Ron,
Outstanding art.Everything looks perfect and very nice.Details of Cicada is really eye-catching.Nice dark BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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