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cicada skin

By CarolG  
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.

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

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12 Jul 2012 5:43AM

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MoragM 8 1 Scotland
12 Jul 2012 5:47AM
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.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 5:57AM
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

12 Jul 2012 6:28AM
an excellent set here Carol fine details in all shots certainly wil not win any beauty contests for sure

fine work

posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 6:32AM
Your book must be near completion will be an amazing read, and a visual feast. Another stunning collection !

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
12 Jul 2012 6:36AM
Another greeat and interesting set with all of them deserving a vote each
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
12 Jul 2012 6:40AM
Remarkable and a bit weird..... Great shots again Carol and another really interesting write up.

Ray42 10 3 England
12 Jul 2012 6:51AM
An excellent set and a good informative write up
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
12 Jul 2012 6:56AM
No beauty contest here Carol. A fine set of nature studies.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
12 Jul 2012 7:24AM
A great set

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:31AM
Fascinating. I love the sound of Cicadas. It invokes such a profound sense of wellbeing.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
12 Jul 2012 7:34AM
Amazing creatures! My favourite is version 3 today, the details we can see are wonderful!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Jul 2012 7:47AM
Amazing how much that looks like a shrimp! The grasshoppers leave them here at the moment, never had such a good idea!
jabe 7 10 4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:58AM
Grin Gone but not forgotten, good well illustrated photographGrin
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 8:11AM
Such an informative set Carol. You have captured superb detail in V3.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
12 Jul 2012 8:11AM
Another fantastic and great set of images,Carol,very well done,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 8:27AM
How interesting your write up is
Great images as always.
12 Jul 2012 8:51AM
Super set, V3 superb,
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 Jul 2012 9:07AM
An interesting narrative along with your fine shots, Carol, as always so detailed and crisp.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
12 Jul 2012 9:17AM
Very interesting narrative and wonderful set of shots Carol. I have only ever hears these creatures. Moira
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
12 Jul 2012 10:25AM
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.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
12 Jul 2012 10:29AM
The set is excellent Carol with a fascinating write up, they are all very detailed and share my votes.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 10:35AM
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.
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
12 Jul 2012 11:56AM
Brilliant information & lovely image detail Carol
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
12 Jul 2012 1:38PM
I have these all over the yard too Carol - and the noise outside is deafening Tongue

9 10 10 England
12 Jul 2012 2:03PM
The nature lesson much appreciated Carol as is the great shots.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 2:07PM
First class set of images with an amazing finale on V4!
Very well seen... IB
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
12 Jul 2012 2:22PM
Yuk. These things are just horrible. Super images, but not my cup of tea. Glad we don't get them. Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 2:23PM
Fascinating creatures, and I find them even more so after reading your informative narrative. Great pictures to go with it, too, Carol.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
12 Jul 2012 2:52PM
Excellent images Carol. ..............Sandy
12 Jul 2012 2:56PM
I wish some day Natural History people will recognize your work. Like we do to great Salim Ali in INDIA.
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
12 Jul 2012 4:18PM
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.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
12 Jul 2012 4:38PM
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....

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
12 Jul 2012 6:48PM
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
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:05PM
Great set but v3 for me
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:17PM
Amazing shots, Carol, especially of the creatures themselves - keep some for when I come in late September!!!!
Paree 13 616 3
12 Jul 2012 7:41PM
amazing set
and so very interesting

love them

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:54PM
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
12 Jul 2012 8:35PM
Amazing set Carol,you just keep getting better and better..Lin
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
12 Jul 2012 8:35PM
Interesting narrative Carol - I like V1 & V2.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 9:31PM
wow, superb captures
bun Smile
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
12 Jul 2012 10:10PM
Excellent, love V2.

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
12 Jul 2012 10:13PM
Wonderful work.

goso 11 2 1 Australia
13 Jul 2012 12:06AM
A finely detailed set Carol ...Bill
LexEquine 12 19 United States
13 Jul 2012 7:23PM
'Superb & well-togged Macro Image Set' ~ Peter
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Jul 2012 11:38PM
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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