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chirruping cicada

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Cicada Wildlife and nature

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bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 5:13AM
Excellent Narrative and captures Carol only got V1 and V2 on my screen though .

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bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 5:14AM
OOps V3 just appeared Sorry.Blush
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
25 Jun 2013 5:21AM
Great write up and pictures

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
25 Jun 2013 5:27AM
Amazing little critters these Carol !! V3 is quite spooky Smile Great photos and biology lesson too thanx Smile
25 Jun 2013 5:41AM
Amazing set of pictures Carol and great write up. V3 is a cracking one.
25 Jun 2013 5:53AM
Wow, amazing images. Love V3 Smile
ColleenA Plus
5 357 6 Australia
25 Jun 2013 6:31AM
Whew what a scary story to match scary images especially V3. Amazing photography Carol, well done
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
25 Jun 2013 6:35AM
Great shots and an interesting narrative, lovely work as usual Carol.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 6:55AM
Superb photos Carol - and excellent write up too. Quality photography! Smile

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 7:15AM
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 7:15AM
fantastic detail carol brilliant textures and tones v1 just nicks it for me today a stunner nice one Wink
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 7:19AM
Superb detail, an excellent set
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
25 Jun 2013 7:31AM
Great info.....and V3 could be from Dr Who...............marvellous..............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
25 Jun 2013 7:42AM
V3 is the most interesting Carol
25 Jun 2013 7:54AM
Excellent captures Carol,
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 8:07AM
Well documented set CarolSmile
Ayoob 6 Australia
25 Jun 2013 8:13AM
An amazing set of images , Carol - ES v3 is imazing.....GrinGrinGrin
25 Jun 2013 8:15AM
Fantastic ! maybe next time you can find one for me to see ! gx
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 8:17AM
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.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 8:25AM
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
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
25 Jun 2013 9:01AM
Interesting detail to match the three super images!!
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 9:15AM
interesting information, sounds like they're real pests, brilliant capture Carol.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
25 Jun 2013 9:20AM
Detailed beauty Carol, were off to Provence on Thursday. We will hear plenty !!!
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
25 Jun 2013 9:24AM
Great information and great images.

25 Jun 2013 9:35AM
Cracking images carol amazing sharpness
debu 8 India
25 Jun 2013 9:48AM
Glad to click 30 on this, Superb set of images.
25 Jun 2013 10:09AM
V1 for me Carol like the contrast levels very nice

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
25 Jun 2013 10:44AM
These are really creepy. Good shots, but not easy viewing for me.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 11:18AM
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!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
25 Jun 2013 11:19AM
We saw lots of the shells in Sydney when we were there but never the living insect. Another education this morning, Carol Grin

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
25 Jun 2013 11:33AM
3 CarolG classics
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 11:37AM
Interesting narrative Carol and V1 for me today with the lovely bark pattern showing through the wings of the cicada.
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 12:00PM
Fantastic trio of images with super information Carol - I have to say they have left me a little itchy today!
9 10 10 England
25 Jun 2013 12:31PM
Very interesting info Carol accompanied by three excellent images.Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 1:45PM
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.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
25 Jun 2013 2:10PM
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.'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.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Jun 2013 3:06PM
Yet another cracking set, Carol, interesting and informative write-up, too Smile Think V1 has to be my fave today Wink
Trev Smile
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 3:46PM
Fantastic images and write up Carol, thank you.
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
25 Jun 2013 6:05PM
Excellent captures and very informative writing, Carol !
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
25 Jun 2013 6:32PM
My goodness Carol you do show us up . A great narrative that we can learn a lot from. Excellent photos xxx
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
25 Jun 2013 7:01PM
what delicate wings above the big body. a bit like some dancers Smile bet Mr or Mrs cicada has a strong voice!!
25 Jun 2013 7:24PM
A superb set of images, Carol and such an informative description.
I love V1; V3 is spooky - but amazing!

basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
25 Jun 2013 7:36PM
Really wonderful images ,
well detailed and fine sharp.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
25 Jun 2013 7:48PM
A tremendous set of macros Carol, terrific detail and clarity in all three. V3 is fascinating
25 Jun 2013 8:48PM
Great stuff Carol, very well captured with a full and interesting write-up, V3 fascinating.
25 Jun 2013 10:00PM
Wow amazing and love the write up
26 Jun 2013 1:53AM
Awesome Pics & Information
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 12:58PM
Great finds Carol. I love V3 discarded skins... Grin
27 Jun 2013 1:49PM
Superb set Carol and a great narrative. First class. A

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