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Abandoned Skin

Abandoned Skin
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, Close-up +4
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 15:17
Viewed: 5637
Points: 8
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This is an skin of a cicada nymph. It had an opening on the back from where the adult insect emerged.

I know this is not a top notch quality - but considering the poor light conditions and lack of real macro lens it is quite good.

These insects have a very interesting life cycle (se below)

from wikipedia:

A cicada is any of several insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with small eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are one of the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable (and often inescapable) acoustic talents.

Life cycle

After mating, the female cuts slits into the bark of a twig and deposits her eggs there. She may do so repeatedly, until she has laid several hundred eggs. When the eggs hatch, the newborn nymphs drop to the ground, where they burrow and start another cycle. Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years. Some species have much longer life cycles, e.g. the Magicicada goes through a 13- or even 17-year life cycle. These long life cycles are an adaptation to predation, as a predator could not regularly fall into synchrony with the cicadas. 13 and 17 are prime numbers, so while a cicada with a 15-year life cycle could be preyed upon by a predator with a 3- or 5-year life cycle, the 13- and 17-year cycles allow them to stop the predators falling into step.

Most of this time, the animals spend underground as nymphs at depths ranging from about 30 cm (1 ft) up to 2.5 m (about 8½ ft). The nymphs feed on root juices and have strong front legs for digging.

In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. On a nearby plant, they moult one last time and emerge as an adult. When they moult, they shed their skins, and the abandonded skins can often be found left on trees, still clinging to the bark.

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  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-12 23:16]

Hello Shir

It is quite good.I like the composition and colours of this shot.Good POV and DOF.The BG is quite nice too.Looks like something from a sci-fi movie.TFS


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2006-12-12 23:55]

nice photo could use some sharpening

Joli cadrage et teintes agréables.
Bonne journée

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-12-13 6:57]

Interesting photo of the remains of cicada. Very nice composition, perfect details and colors.

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