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Little Grass Cicada

Little Grass Cicada
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-27 4:53
Viewed: 7408
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Heres another of our native cicadas.
There are over 2,500 species of cicada worldwide.
There are 40 in New Zealand...none are found anywhere else in the world.
The Little Grass Cicada,Kikhia muta,is also known as the Variable Cicada,as it can be anywhere from a bright lime green to almost black.Some females can even be yellow or orange.
These cicadas were mashed into a paste and eaten by pre European Maoris,as were the mature nymphs of most cicadas.
The female lays her eggs in a straight line on flax,cabbage tree leaves,or grass stems.
The nymphs of these cicadas spend at least three years underground before emerging as adults.
The reason this little guy was so cooperative was that I had just fished him out of the stream where he was struggling on his back.He needed time to dry his wings before flying off.
I hope you like this little green beauty.

Esox, Janice, TAZ, red45, marhowie, pompey, Fisher, gpepp, mrower, Comandante, dew77, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-03-27 5:06]

Nice macro shot, Steve!
I like colours and composition too.
Your note is very instructive.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.
Happy Easter!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-27 6:07]

He is a little green beauty Steve. I'm learning a lot from your postings and notes. A good sharp image and details. Well done.

Good shot Steve, good colours and details.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-27 9:20]

Quelle belle cigale verte ! Elle est bien différente de celles qu'on a dans le sud de la France.
Well done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-03-27 11:07]

Very nice picture of interesting subject Steve! What do you think about recording cicadas sound and mailing me it as mp3 file ;-) ? When I was on Crimea I just loved to fall asleep with cicadas music!

Nice shot Steve! You've maximized you DOF @ F2/8 with your parallel camera position to subject. Nice colors and I like the comp. with some space topside..Well done and Happy Easter!!

Nice idea to get your subject to sit still. I love the bright green colors here, and the details you've captured on his wings are great, even a little water drop. Well done.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-27 13:28]

Great capture Steve, nice crisp image, great colours and excellent note.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-27 14:10]

Happy Easter and well done on this one. Excelent shot and composition.


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  • gpepp Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 26] (97)
  • [2005-03-27 14:59]

Very good macro! Nice bug. TFS!

Nice of you to save him -he would surely have died and now gets to be seen and admired by many. Great shot lovely detail of him and the mossy surface he is sitting on.

Superb macro.
Colors,sharpness and composition are wonderful.

Dear Steve!
At first - many thanks for e-mail and information about your photos of cicadas! I overlooked them :(
Beautiful capture of so green specimen! Great sharpness and details! By the way, how big was this insect? European cicadas are usually rather big (up to 4cm), it would be nice to compare our faunas :)
Once again thanks you for showing me this image!
Best regards,

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