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Cicada drinking

Cicada drinking
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects in Brazil - the saga goes on [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-16 12:15
Viewed: 5275
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tibicen Cicada

Drinking action: look at the stylus between the head and the tree.

Cicadas have a stylus-type protuberance used for piercing small twigs in trees and bushes to withdraw Xylem to obtain water, minerals and limited carbohydrates. When a Cicada is not feeding this beak rests ventrally between the legs.
Defense mechanisms: Flying off or playing dead.
The nymph lives under ground. The molt takes one hour.
Funny to know:
When handling a Cicada, it sometimes can mistake its handler for a branch and attempt to feed on you. It doesn't usually draw blood.
Interesting to know:
Cicadas have 5 eyes. Two large compound eyes that are situated on stalks on either side of the head and 3 ocelli that are centered in a triangle in the middle of the head.

This one didn't get afraid. I could even scratch its back when he was drinking. He didn't stop. I put a leave behind because the background was ugly. I do not like the leave that much though.

Further next posting will be a peeing cicada.

Thanks for looking

horia, Alex99, shal, jmp, Dave, Matt-Bird, zenitlady, jmirah has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-16 12:30]

Excellent macro, Jeanmarie!
The magnification level is againf fantastic and the fact that it stayed arround as you got so close is even more amazing.
The details are great here and the natural colors very lovely.
The POV is excellent and the timing - with capturing it while drinking - is great. Looking forward to seeing the next one, too :)
The only nit of this very beautiful shot IMO is the eye of this magnificent Cicada, which is a bit OOF. What apperture did you use? Perhaps a bigger f-stop would have helped that...i don't know if the light permitted it, though ;)

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-16 12:33]

Hola JeanMarie,
a stunning close-up portrait of the cicada. There are so many nice details to study. Interestingly, the eyes of the insect - and that is true for many other insect portraits at TrekNature - do not look sharp although they are sharp: a kind of optical illusion.
Best wishes, Peter

In the moment I sent my note, horia did the same - interestingly mentioning just the point of the 'non-sharp eye'.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-16 12:36]

Hi JeanMarie.
You have shared a very skilful executed macro shot. I like great details of this insect, your cropping and composition. Very well done and my best wishes,

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-11-16 12:45]

you got the body and lost the eye...not a real crit since digi cams can be hard to control on macro and auto focus...
its a top wildlife shot though and you couldnt have gotten closer
full marks

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  • ma-at Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 26] (142)
  • [2006-11-16 14:10]

I've always wondered what this creature looked like. Now I know, thanks for sharing and will keep my open for the next one...

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-11-16 14:25]

Up Close & Personal :)
excellent macro with outstanding details and nice tight crop :)
Cheers :D

belle photo,bien prise,bisard cet insecte,je ne le connait pas. Thomas

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-16 16:28]

Hi JeanMarie,
I like a lot this so detail macro, that lets see how this animal feeds. Interesting notes.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-16 16:42]

Hi JeanMarie,

Excellent detail and a great close up! You take us right into the Cicada's world with this one.

Very nice!



Hi JeanMarie,
what a close up. It is so close and the details are great. It is a shame about the eye being out of focus but you have still managed to do a good job here.

bonjour jean marie.
une bonne macro,je dirais simplement que la focalisation n'est pas vraiment sur l'oeil.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2006-11-20 16:22]

Hello Jean Marie

nice close up photo of this little monster with a lot of detatils on the head ( not on the eyes)
very natural colours


Hello again, JeanMarie! Have heard cicadas all my life but have never seen one up close. Absolutely fascinating! Great notes too. Detail is excellent, just a wonderful capture! Linda

A fine macro even if the eye is a little out of focus...Interesting note...We don't have this particular species in Texas, that I know of...Fantastic detail and an incredible close, close, close-up...TFS :)

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