Monday, August 21, 2006

Alien Emergence

A Dog Day Cicada (Tibicen canicularis) finishing up a moult, looking straight of the set of the movie Aliens. Cicadas are fascinating insects, with the Magicicada variety famous for it's 13- and 17- year periodic life cycle.

You can see the abandoned skin under the insect. Cicadas are incredibly beautiful at this "just reborn" phase when their wings are still so fresh. Their singing was nice too.

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Eric said...

Mike these two are so rad. I don't think a post goes by where I am not really impressed at the quality of the photos and the interesting info that goes with each. Thanks for sharing these SWEET pics.

tiffinix said...

Wow those eyes. . .what a bizarre little thing. And those wings. . .a bit yucky but also quite beautiful at the same time.