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Tibicen Cicada

Tibicen Cicada
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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: 2006-11-15 4:46
Viewed: 4642
Points: 16
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Tibicen Cicada

This is an exuvie: skin of the nymph remaining after molting. The adult is gone and sings somewhere else.

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.

I liked the light, which was diffuse and nice. Exposition was easy in that case. It was under the cover of the wood so I still had to use the support of a branch to avoid trilling.

Next posting will be a drinking cicada.
Further next posting will be a peeing cicada.

Thanks for looking

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ce genre de capture m'effraie toujours un peu !!! mais bonnes couleurs
merci du partage

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-15 5:28]
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Hola JeanMarie,
a nice macro of this exuvia. I posted a similar picture earlier, probably of the same species. The 'animal' shows just the same posture. Nice details, colours and light.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-15 11:03]

Hi Jeanmarie

This is a very impressive macro work!
The magnification and details are very great here!
Excellent sharp details, very goog POV and nice lighting.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

bonjour jean marie
j'ai eu l'occasion de voir aussi ce qu'il reste de la cigale une fois qu'elle est née,mais je n'ai pas eu besoin d'aller au bresil.joli souvenir de voyage.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-15 15:18]

Hello Jean Marie,
Excellent close up.I liked POV,lighting,framing and note a lot.

Bonjour JeanMarie,
This is an amazing outfit, should be nice for halloween party [if it is big enough for human, that is....]. Very nice to see that it is still fully intact.
Well focused, great DoF, very sharp, and neat BG.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

belle photo,beaucoup de détails,bonne lumière, belle pince. Thomas

Bonjour Jean-Marie,

This is a very interesting post. If I'm not mistaken, this is not the first exuvie that you caught. I like these great details, excellent POV and compo. Lightning is really good too. Well seen and TFS those very interesting notes. Thanks,

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