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Dog-day Cicada (skin)

Dog-day Cicada (skin)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-09-01 22:14
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Points: 10
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this is a Dog-day Cicada (Tibicen canicularis), which i found waiting there, calmly, for metamorphosis. i found this insect inside our residential complex and near to the lake. it was around 2 pm.

i knew it was a Cicada, what i didn't know was the fact that this apparently dull appearance was to transform into a better looking insect with lovely wings..

yes, the insect was ready for molting.

this collage, hope, helps in understanding that metamorphosis from two different angles..

thanks for viewing :)

4th September, 2012
as Lou and Ron have said, well there is one rectification. this is not a Dog-day Cicada nymph, but the skin of it. thank you friends for this information!

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Ciao Ruby, lovely double macro, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

A valuable documentary set of two pictures of a Cicada ready for the next stage of its transformation, Ruby.
The picture is technically first rate with sharp focus and natural colors.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-02 2:59]

Hi Ruby,a very lucky meeting! You caught very well this beautiful opportunity,2 great macros to understand at the best this delicate moment of the cicada life,excellent pov,details and colors,very ver interesting work.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

hello Ruby
very nice picture of the skin from the larve of the cicade
they live about 7-10-15 years in the ground

this picture is the Skin the cicade is allready gone
you can see on the left picture the open back
nice picture

i have a picture to see the skin and the cicade in the WORKSHOP
greeting lou

Hello Ruby,
This is a great shot showing the exoskeleton of a Cicada from two different angles. As Lou already explained, this is just the shell, as the Cicada has already emerged during the night.
If I remember correctly it was last year when Tennessee had a really huge hatch of these noisy little insects. The shells were piled up in some areas by the thousands. My daughter (Traci) was still living in Nashville and she sent me a photo from her phone that was absolutely incredible. It showed them lying in yards around the tree trunks sometimes inches deep.
They come out of the ground at night and attach themselves to trees, fences...etc. It takes about 45 minutes for them to shed their skins completely. It is quite a sight to see and is repeated throughout the summer months almost every night as new individuals emerge from the ground.
I have included in the WS a shot of one I took while in Oklahoma last year. I filmed the entire sequence which was truly an awesome experience.
PS. If you go out at night and look around the tree trunks or wooden fences, you have a good chance of finding one. It will split out of it's old skin and then pump up it's wings until they are fully extended.

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