I took my dog for a walk this morning and heard a crunching under my feet. There, smashed to smithereens, were the shells from the cicadas on a nearby tree. The periodical cicadas were continuing to emerge en masse. I happened upon this tree and returned to grab my camera for a few up-close pictures of these fascinating insects at various stages of their life cycle. (In case you want a really good look at them, just click on any of the pictures for an up-close and personal look at these guys.)
Here they can be seen erupting from their exoskeletons that kept them safe for 17 years underground:
I noted the squirrels were snacking on these critters and my dog found them quite entertaining as their flapping wings brushed her nose. And when the insect departs, they leave behind their shell for some lucky child to find:
Once their wings have dried, they soon head off to a nearby tree from our Adirondack chair:
In a few days, the shrill of these devils will be deafening.
28 May 2007 2137: Addendum: Being a t-shirt guy, I couldn't resist...
Hi Dr Wes. Thanks for sharing these pictures of the locusts...closeup. It's the first time I see what a cicadas looks like.
Thanks - maybe this will help out some school kids doing a report on them.... or at least help those less fortunate to not have such cyclic infestations, to understand the process.
God, that last comment was bad English...(sorry) hmmm, I guess the son took its toll today...
er, sun, not son (Freudian slip).
Excellent pics! We don't have too many of those things in Nova Scotia, but I have found a couple. Not with those brilliant eyes mind you....June bugs are almost upon us these days, the black flies right now, making outdoor pursuits very quick events.
Enjoy the fishing.
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