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Cicada larval case

Cicada larval case
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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-26 19:03
Viewed: 6531
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi, I took this pupal case pic on an Olive Tree, there were several actually.

I now know what it is thanks to the members of Treknatures help, thanks a lot guys :)

These notes from Wikpedia accompany the shot nicely...

Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts between 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 adaption to predation, as a predator could not regulary fall into synchrony with the cicadas. Another feature of these life cycle is that 13 and 17 are prime numbers. A cicada with a 15-year life cycle could be preyed upon by a predator with a 3- or 5-year life cycle, but 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 8 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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Hi Matt, what you have here is the lavel case of a Cicadas. They spend several years in this larvel form below ground eating plant roots, before crawling up a tree trunk to emerge, by spliting the skin down the back. Have a look at this one which is also from greece so is likely to be what emerged http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Greece/photo26488.htm. Also try typing Cicadas into the TN seach box and you will see and learn a lot more about this amazing species.
Nice clear capture, some indication of size is usefull either in the image or notes when asking for an ident. TFS yours Robert

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-27 4:21]

Great capture Matt!
I agree with Rob. May a be a new cicada is about to be born!
Excellent DOF and details!
Very good POV too!
5* and TFS!

Hi Matt,
I agree with Robbrown. Definitely this is CICADA's laevea. I also have taken Emerging. But here you have got it late. But if you go in the night times to the place, you can see them emerging. It takes nearly 40 minutes to come out, and you can do sequence photography. All the Best.
Nice capture, and colors are aslo good.

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