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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 3:04
Viewed: 3506
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Summer in Australia is filled with the sounds cicadas and in some years their populations produce a collective sound so loud it’s quite literally deafening.
The Cherrynose cicada (Macrotristria angularis) is relatively common in most summers with some adults emerging in late October. However, once a decade or so, their population explodes and numbers are counted in millions. I recall only a few years ago leading a group of bushwalkers around Thirlmere Lakes. The noise from the singing cicadas was so loud that talking was impossible unless you stood directly in front of the person and shouted at them.
The Cherrynose gets its common name from the red swelling on the front of its head which you can just see in this shot. The species is about 60mm long and is usually found in tall eucalypt forests. They are found throughout eastern Australia.

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Nice clear shot of this Cicada Chris.
The exposure and sharpness is excellent.
Those veins on the wings look a lot thicker than any I have seen before.
Great shot.

Dear Chris,
You present here very beautiful and colourful cicada.
What a funny name! I can see the cherrynose in your photo. :-)
I think it would be amazing to see the millons of them.
Excellent details and natural colours with nice composition, also well focused and good note as well!
Well captured and TFS,
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-14 5:10]

Hello Chris,
Great close up of the Cherry Cicada of superb technical quality and taken from a fine POV.
A superb image of a cicada that I would very much like to have seen in Australia.
Great note too.
Well done and TFS!

Good work

Hello Chris,

Very sharp picture of this colourful cicada. Very nice done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-14 8:09]
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Hello Chris,
Your new camera, with your help(!), produces some superb images now. This capture is very fine showing sharp details and interesting colours. The wings are really beautiful. I gather there are 250 species of Cikada in Australia!!
Many thanks, Ulla

Ciao Chris,
una magnifica foto di uno splendido soggetto!
Nitidezza, luminosità e bilanciamento dei colori perfetti.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-14 9:12]

Excellent macro, Chris !
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Hello Chris,
Great macro. An d what a content; never saw this one before.
Superb wings are reproduced very well.
Nice composition. Good POV.
Well done

Hi Chris,
this guy is so impressive, I like it very much.
I have never seen one of them, only heard their "noise"!
So thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-14 12:42]
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Hello Chris,
perfect! What to do better?
But besides your excellent creation, nature was equally successful designing such a beautiful creature.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-15 1:13]

Hello Chris,
Great capture with very good colors and details
very good DOF
Great work

Hi Chris,

This is an amazingly detailed macro shot and the wings in particular are stunning. A really amazing looking insect and an amazing picture.

Kind regards,


hello chris,
you have captured the cicada beautifully, sharp image with good details, nice focus, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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