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Chorus Cicada

Chorus 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: 2005-02-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-02-22 4:36
Viewed: 12154
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Chorus Cicada (Amphipsalta zealandica),New Zealands largest and most widespread cicada.It is found in forests throughout the country and was known to the Maori people as Kihikihi Wawa.Wawa means roaring heavy rain,referring to the deafening sound of the males call during summer months.
The chorus cicada begins calling after christmas,this event noted by Maori as marking the eighth month of the traditional calendar.
The males call is shrill,ending in two or three loud claps.The female answers with wing clicks.
It is possible to call cicadas to you by clicking your fingers.
The females force their eggs into herringbone patterned slits that they cut into branches.As the branch grows,these cuts can grow into huge unsightly scars. (See WORKSHOP photo)
There are over 2,500 species of cicada worldwide.
There are 40 species in New Zealand,none of which are found anywhere else.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-22 4:42]

Nows the time for cicadas Steve. Excellent shot here - I did try this week, but no where near as good as this. It is a good catch, very sharp and the colours so clear.
Today I spent on Rangitoto, and they were the only noise you can hear up there. Strangely silent from birds - not enough water or food for them there. It was a great day up on the volcano. I should have a few shots to share in the coming week.

This is a great shot, Steve. One of your best macro's I've seen. Very sharp, great DOF, and what a moment. Brilliant, man. Well done.

Hallo Steve!

You know - we listened boucoup of music which you sent to us. It is great!
And your picture very interesting - great colours and wonderful pose. I post winter today because in Poland we haven't such pretty weather to make photos. Thank you for your piece of summer ;-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-22 5:14]

Hi Steve!
I like cicadas' music, unfortunatelly we haven't got any of them in Poland. Great, detailed macro of these small musician :-) I like it very much.

Hello Steve! Great details & I especially like the transparent wings captured so well! Interesting note also. I gotta get me one of our variety here this year..Well done & TFS!

Great shot Steve, I've never seen it before.
Well done.

Spectacular shot!!!
We have here in my country a lot of sicadas, but the colors of this one is different.
Great job Steve.

Nice shot Steve, the transparent wings have come out really good. I've taken several shots over here in Oz, but always something goes wrong with the wings. This one is nice and sharp.

Very good macro Steve.
Good sharpness, DOF and colours.
Very well done.

Very nice image Steve. This guy has very large wings. Nice notes and overall very good POst. TFS

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-23 15:06]

Hi Steve
Lucky you, and a nice catch, both seeing and nailiing him. I have never been able to get near these guys EVER, so, congrats in bringing us a nice pic of this guy with the "big mouth"

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