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Heard, but not often seen, cicadas are insects in the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha). They live in temperate-to-tropical climates where they are among the most-widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and unique sound. Cicadas are often colloquially called locusts, although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are various species of swarming grasshopper. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs.
Cicadas are benign to humans under normal circumstances and do not bite or sting in a true sense, but may mistake a person's arm or other part of their body for a tree or plant limb and attempt to feed. Cicadas have a long proboscis, under their head, which they insert into plant stems in order to feed on sap. It can be painful if they attempt to pierce a person's skin with it, but it is unlikely to cause other harm. It is unlikely to be a defensive reaction and is a rare occurrence. It usually only happens when they are allowed to rest on a person's body for an extended amount of time.
Cicadas can cause damage to several cultivated crops, shrubs, and trees, mainly in the form of scarring left on tree branches while the females lay their eggs deep in branches.
Many people around the world regularly eat cicadas. They are known to have been eaten in Ancient Greece as well as China, Malaysia, Burma, Latin America, and the Congo. Female cicadas are prized for being meatier. Shells of cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China.
Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 centimetres (0.98 ft) down to 2.5 metres (8.2 ft). The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.
In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then moult (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The abandoned exoskeleton remains, still clinging to the bark of trees. V.3 shows two discarded skins.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:chirruping cicada
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:25 Jun 2013 - 5:07 AM
Tags:Cicada, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 5:13 AM

Excellent Narrative and captures Carol only got V1 and V2 on my screen though .
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25 Jun 2013 - 5:14 AM

OOps V3 just appeared Sorry.Blush
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25 Jun 2013 - 5:21 AM

Great write up and pictures

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
25 Jun 2013 - 5:27 AM

Amazing little critters these Carol !! V3 is quite spooky Smile Great photos and biology lesson too thanx Smile

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leontari
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25 Jun 2013 - 5:41 AM

Amazing set of pictures Carol and great write up. V3 is a cracking one.
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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
25 Jun 2013 - 5:53 AM

Wow, amazing images. Love V3 Smile

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ColleenA
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25 Jun 2013 - 6:31 AM

Whew what a scary story to match scary images especially V3. Amazing photography Carol, well done

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Andysnapper
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25 Jun 2013 - 6:35 AM

Great shots and an interesting narrative, lovely work as usual Carol.

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Caziwinkles
25 Jun 2013 - 6:55 AM

Superb photos Carol - and excellent write up too. Quality photography! Smile

Carol

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barbarahirst
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:15 AM

Fabulous.....

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andylea
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:15 AM

fantastic detail carol brilliant textures and tones v1 just nicks it for me today a stunner nice one Wink
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Quoise
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:19 AM

Superb detail, an excellent set

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NaturesHaven
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:31 AM

Great info.....and V3 could be from Dr Who...............marvellous..............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Ade_Osman
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:42 AM

V3 is the most interesting Carol

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Badgerfred
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:54 AM

Excellent captures Carol,
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CaroleS
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25 Jun 2013 - 8:07 AM

Well documented set CarolSmile

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Ayoob
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25 Jun 2013 - 8:13 AM

An amazing set of images , Carol - ES v3 is imazing.....GrinGrinGrin

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Old Username was gilbo Scotland
25 Jun 2013 - 8:15 AM

Fantastic ! maybe next time you can find one for me to see ! gx

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25 Jun 2013 - 8:17 AM

V3 is fascinating, but V1 is just so beautiful, and that's not a word that I generally associate with these critters. The wing is so fragile, its shadow actually looks more substantial. Your work has progressed in leaps and bounds of late.
Moira

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AnnChown
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25 Jun 2013 - 8:25 AM

A fascinating write up Carol, backed by informative images. v1 is superb. We always hear them when in hotter climes, but I don't think I've ever seen one, so thanks for this. Smile
Ann

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25 Jun 2013 - 9:01 AM

Interesting detail to match the three super images!!

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dmhuynh72
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25 Jun 2013 - 9:15 AM

interesting information, sounds like they're real pests, brilliant capture Carol.
regards
Yung

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rontear
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25 Jun 2013 - 9:20 AM

Detailed beauty Carol, were off to Provence on Thursday. We will hear plenty !!!
Ron.

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25 Jun 2013 - 9:24 AM

Great information and great images.

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25 Jun 2013 - 9:35 AM

Cracking images carol amazing sharpness
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debu  4 India
25 Jun 2013 - 9:48 AM

Glad to click 30 on this, Superb set of images.
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digital_boi
25 Jun 2013 - 10:09 AM

V1 for me Carol like the contrast levels very nice

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25 Jun 2013 - 10:44 AM

These are really creepy. Good shots, but not easy viewing for me.
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TonyDy
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25 Jun 2013 - 11:18 AM

Superb set, Carol - I have never managed to see one yet although every time we go to Greece or Spain, We are surrounded by them!
Tony

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WhiteRose1
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25 Jun 2013 - 11:19 AM

We saw lots of the shells in Sydney when we were there but never the living insect. Another education this morning, Carol Grin

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25 Jun 2013 - 11:33 AM

3 CarolG classics

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Irishkate
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25 Jun 2013 - 11:37 AM

Interesting narrative Carol and V1 for me today with the lovely bark pattern showing through the wings of the cicada.
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Mrsbass
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25 Jun 2013 - 12:00 PM

Fantastic trio of images with super information Carol - I have to say they have left me a little itchy today!

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EMJAYCEE
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25 Jun 2013 - 12:31 PM

Very interesting info Carol accompanied by three excellent images.Smile
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LynneJoyce
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25 Jun 2013 - 1:45 PM

Thanks Carol, we hear these guys a lot in Spain when the temperature is warm enough (they are a warm weather indicator) but we have never seen one. Love V3 of the nymphs.

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ChiliMan
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25 Jun 2013 - 2:10 PM

Cicadas going right now as I type this Grin Come to think of it, I didn't take note of whether or not I heard 'em while the haze had reached dangerous levels! Bah. I did notice the absence of our normal bird sounds, though.

V3 is an absolutely AWESOME capture, Carol. Wow...you're so lucky to have come across this! Must show this pic to my brother.

And like Lynne, I've never seen one in real life.

Andrew

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25 Jun 2013 - 3:06 PM

Yet another cracking set, Carol, interesting and informative write-up, too Smile Think V1 has to be my fave today Wink
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25 Jun 2013 - 3:46 PM

Fantastic images and write up Carol, thank you.
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LuDa
LuDa  United States
25 Jun 2013 - 3:55 PM

Carol great set of photos, great information. I have some pictures of it, but when I took them I was so afraid that creature jump on me.Tongue I can never imaging myself eating one of this insects, nooooooooooooooo way SmileSmileSmile
Regards,
LuDa

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25 Jun 2013 - 6:05 PM

Excellent captures and very informative writing, Carol !
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25 Jun 2013 - 6:32 PM

My goodness Carol you do show us up . A great narrative that we can learn a lot from. Excellent photos xxx

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annettep38
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:01 PM

what delicate wings above the big body. a bit like some dancers Smile bet Mr or Mrs cicada has a strong voice!!

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25 Jun 2013 - 7:24 PM

A superb set of images, Carol and such an informative description.
I love V1; V3 is spooky - but amazing!

Richard

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basith  1 Sri Lanka
25 Jun 2013 - 7:36 PM

Really wonderful images ,
well detailed and fine sharp.

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25 Jun 2013 - 7:48 PM

A tremendous set of macros Carol, terrific detail and clarity in all three. V3 is fascinating

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25 Jun 2013 - 8:48 PM

Great stuff Carol, very well captured with a full and interesting write-up, V3 fascinating.
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25 Jun 2013 - 10:00 PM

Wow amazing and love the write up

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26 Jun 2013 - 1:53 AM

Awesome Pics & Information

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Chinga
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27 Jun 2013 - 12:58 PM

Great finds Carol. I love V3 discarded skins... Grin
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27 Jun 2013 - 1:49 PM

Superb set Carol and a great narrative. First class. A

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