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Shell of a Cicada

Shell of a Cicada
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Copyright: Agoes SK (wieyos) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 36] (127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A640
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-17 3:29
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Points: 6
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A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings.

There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the globe, and many remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents.

Cicadas are sometimes called "locusts", although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are a kind of grasshopper. They are also known as "jar flies". Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs. In parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States they are known as "dry flies" because of the dry shell they leave behind.

Cicadas do not bite or sting, are benign to humans, and are not considered a pest.

The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada. (In classical Greek it was called a tettix, and in modern Greek tzitzikas.)

After mating, the female cuts slits into the bark of a twig, and into these she deposits her eggs. 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. The insects spend most of the time that they are underground as nymphs at depths ranging from about 30 cm (1 ft) up to 2.5 m. The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.

In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then moult (shed their skins), on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The abandoned skins remain, still clinging to the bark of trees.

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Hello Agoes,

So this is a dry shell. I have captured one of this but looking rather strange to me to be an insect. I got mine clinging in that manner too.. :-)

This is a clear shot in superb details. You have mastered you camera very well now and I can see better macro every day. Well done and keep sharing.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-17 9:00]

Stunning shot of this Cicada Shell!! :-)
You've captured so much detail!
It's amazing how even the hairs are left behind!
Sharp and crisp.
Superb composition and POV.
Very well done Agoes!

Thanks my friend,

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-17 18:28]

Very good macro work Agoes.

The abandoned skins, sharp focus that show all the detail.
I have never seen this, (maybe not looking for it :-))

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