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Shell Shocked

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 24 August 2013 in Animal & Insect.

Watched a cicada coming out of it's shell one morning. Cicadas are commonly referred to as locusts. They usually come out of their shell at night, here, but this one must have been running late. While they hang around waiting for their wings to dry out, there is more danger of being picked off by a bird in the daytime.

*Last of the Yard Art Series: photos from the backyard.

NIKON D5000 1/125 second F/9.5 ISO 320 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Melocoton from Spain

terrific shot very nice

24 Aug 2013 7:00am

Catherine from France

Ohh !! what a remarkable shot ! "to be there at the right time ", and you were !!
Have a nice saturday, best,

24 Aug 2013 7:27am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb capture Barbara. This has been a fascinating series, it's amazing what you have in your yard

24 Aug 2013 7:34am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What a splendid moment.

24 Aug 2013 10:07am

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaa!! juste au bon moment!!!! belle photo et celle de nuit est aussi superbe!!!!

24 Aug 2013 10:35am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful macro !

24 Aug 2013 11:11am

Devi from Chennai, India

Terrific capture B:-)))
Fabulous !!!!

24 Aug 2013 12:06pm

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

fantastic shot...

24 Aug 2013 12:18pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Sweet capture:)

24 Aug 2013 12:33pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Fantastic shot, but why do these creature give my 'goosebumps'?
I guess it has to do with the stories of swarms of them. ;(

24 Aug 2013 1:34pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine capture of this unique moment in this creature's life cycle.

24 Aug 2013 2:48pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

What a find. Nice moment.

24 Aug 2013 3:47pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Very nicely taken shot focus spot on.

24 Aug 2013 9:24pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 Aug 2013 11:00pm

ARIKA from KYOTO, Japan

You've found a wonderful moment of exclusion! Great macro image!

25 Aug 2013 1:32am

L'angevine from Angers, France

en pleine intimité

25 Aug 2013 10:55am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Very nice detail.

25 Aug 2013 11:21pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant capture! it must be strange to leave one's own body behind like this and just fly away in a new one ... ;-)

26 Aug 2013 9:06am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Everybody says it all above. I don't quite get it Barbara however. Is the left side body just a shell of the creature on the right?

30 Aug 2013 2:08pm

@Joyce: Yes. They crawl up from the ground, usually at night and hang on to something. The shell splits and he comes out, but has to hang around until his wings unfold and dry before he can fly.

Hilde V. Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

what a perfect moment...the new wings look so tender. Great shot!

6 Sep 2013 5:57am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada excellent shot....awesome that you got to capture this unique moment

8 Sep 2013 3:07am

1/125 second
ISO 320
300 mm (35mm equiv.)