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The cicadas are in abundance at present, and their discarded skins can be found everywhere. After anything up to five years underground, the newly hatched cicadas appear, and apart from chirruping, do what comes naturally! (V.4)
After mating, the female cuts slits into the bark of a twig, and into these she deposits her eggs. She may do so repeatedly, until she has laid several hundred eggs. When the eggs hatch, the newly hatched nymphs drop to the ground, where they burrow. Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years.
Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 cm (1 ft) down to 2.5 m (about 8.5 ft). The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.
In the final nymphal state, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then moult and 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.
Some cicadas produce sounds up to 120 decibels, among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds. This is especially notable as their song is technically loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss in humans, should the cicada sing just outside the listener's ear. Conversely, some small species have songs so high in pitch that the noise is inaudible to humans. Species have different mating songs to ensure they attract the appropriate mate.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:cicada skin
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:12 Jul 2012 - 5:37 AM
Tags:Cicada, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:73
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illiboy
illiboy  6
12 Jul 2012 - 5:43 AM

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MoragM
MoragM  4 Scotland
12 Jul 2012 - 5:47 AM

Really interesting to read the info. These were certainly at back of queue when looks were dished out - not the
prettiest of beasties! My fave is V3 - lovely diaphanous wings.

Morag

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95951 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 5:57 AM

Off to the beach hey!

For once the sun is streaming through our lounge windowSmile

Part of a tender presentation at Leicester this morning, so still at home, when normally I would be well on my way to workSad

Adrian

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digital_boi
12 Jul 2012 - 6:28 AM

an excellent set here Carol fine details in all shots certainly wil not win any beauty contests for sure

fine work

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:32 AM

Your book must be near completion now...it will be an amazing read, and a visual feast. Another stunning collection !

Barry

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2209 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:36 AM

Another greeat and interesting set with all of them deserving a vote each
NettaSmile

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:40 AM

Remarkable and a bit weird..... Great shots again Carol and another really interesting write up.

Andy

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:51 AM

An excellent set and a good informative write up

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:56 AM

No beauty contest here Carol. A fine set of nature studies.

Albert

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
12 Jul 2012 - 7:24 AM

A great set

Peter

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LynneJoyce
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12 Jul 2012 - 7:31 AM

Fascinating. I love the sound of Cicadas. It invokes such a profound sense of wellbeing.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84313 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 7:34 AM

Amazing creatures! My favourite is version 3 today, the details we can see are wonderful!

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 7:47 AM

Amazing how much that looks like a shrimp! The grasshoppers leave them here at the moment, never had such a good idea!

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jabe  4 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 7:58 AM

Grin Gone but not forgotten, good well illustrated photographGrin

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 436 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 8:11 AM

Such an informative set Carol. You have captured superb detail in V3.
Carole

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 8:11 AM

Another fantastic and great set of images,Carol,very well done,
saeid

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 8:27 AM

How interesting your write up is
Great images as always.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Jul 2012 - 8:51 AM

Super set, V3 superb,
Fred.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 9:07 AM

An interesting narrative along with your fine shots, Carol, as always so detailed and crisp.
Ronnie.

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moiral
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12 Jul 2012 - 9:17 AM

Very interesting narrative and wonderful set of shots Carol. I have only ever hears these creatures. Moira

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41077 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 10:25 AM

Came across lots of these shells under the branches of the jacaranda trees. Made you think twice about sitting underneath the tree!! Well captured set, Carol.

Dave

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achieverswales
12 Jul 2012 - 10:29 AM

The set is excellent Carol with a fascinating write up, they are all very detailed and share my votes.

Regards

Trev.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 10:35 AM

Who needs to watch David Attenborough when we've got your
amazing images and narrative to see.
Most interesting images and maybe I'll remember things better learned in
small doses. V3 is my favourite.
KateGrin

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12 Jul 2012 - 11:56 AM

Brilliant information & lovely image detail Carol
Pauline.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 1:38 PM

I have these all over the yard too Carol - and the noise outside is deafening Tongue

Anne

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 2:03 PM

The nature lesson much appreciated Carol as is the great shots.
Joan.

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12 Jul 2012 - 2:07 PM

First class set of images with an amazing finale on V4!
Very well seen... IB

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 2:22 PM

Yuk. These things are just horrible. Super images, but not my cup of tea. Glad we don't get them. Smile

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 2:23 PM

Fascinating creatures, and I find them even more so after reading your informative narrative. Great pictures to go with it, too, Carol.

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12 Jul 2012 - 2:52 PM

Excellent images Carol. ..............Sandy

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prabhusinha
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12 Jul 2012 - 2:56 PM

I wish some day Natural History people will recognize your work. Like we do to great Salim Ali in INDIA.

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12 Jul 2012 - 4:18 PM

stunning detail and what i also love is that glorious sunshine as it is currently dull & raining here Grin

whether permitting i need to pop down into the garden tomorrow as there is another dragonfly case which would make good subject matter.

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12 Jul 2012 - 4:38 PM

The only thing in abundance here at the moment other than the bleedin' rain is the mossies......Nasty little critters that they are! Sad

Good find Carol....

Ade

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:48 PM

I wish I could shed my old skin, it's starting to get rather wrinkly! Wink Not the prettiest of creatures, but what a wonderful set of images captured here, Carol Smile
Trev Smile

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12 Jul 2012 - 7:05 PM

Great set but v3 for me

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TonyDy
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12 Jul 2012 - 7:17 PM

Amazing shots, Carol, especially of the creatures themselves - keep some for when I come in late September!!!!
Tony

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Paree
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12 Jul 2012 - 7:41 PM

amazing set
and so very interesting

love them

paree

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 7:54 PM

No problens here of the 1st two moving then CarolSmile
and good to see the last two, brilliant set
Saw and photographed one off the islands of Venice
not as good as yours so won't be airing them
Lillian

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 8:35 PM

Amazing set Carol,you just keep getting better and better..Lin

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12 Jul 2012 - 8:35 PM

Interesting narrative Carol - I like V1 & V2.
Brian.

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 - 9:31 PM

wow, superb captures
bun Smile

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Hop-A-Long
12 Jul 2012 - 10:10 PM

Excellent, love V2.

Andy

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12 Jul 2012 - 10:13 PM

Wonderful work.

Rock

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13 Jul 2012 - 12:06 AM

A finely detailed set Carol ...Bill

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2012 - 7:23 PM

'Superb & well-togged Macro Image Set' ~ Peter

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14 Jul 2012 - 11:38 PM

You've been performing out of your skin recently Carol, this is an excellent set of natural history images, and as always some copulating critters included for good measureSmile

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