Cicada spotting!Saturday, August 10, 2013
Last week when I went out to take outfit pictures I made a quick stop at a tree that I had found lots of cicada exoskeletons attached to last year in hopes of finding more. There weren't very many, as it's still early in the season, but I did find something way more exciting than I could have hoped! Right as I got there one was beginning to emerge from it's exoskeleton. I'd never seen it happen in person. It was an amazing case of being in the right place at the right time.
In these photos you can see his head poking out. When I first spotted him his eyes were still very much inside the exoskeleton. I didn't realize this was going to progress so quickly until I saw him wiggle his little head out. It was incredible to see this little thing pulsing and squirming.
He's got his wings out, but they're still folded in half. Doesn't he kind of look like some sort of dragon or weird frog type thing?
This part was by far the longest, he laid there with only his back end in his exoskeleton for what felt like forever (probably closer to fifteen minutes). Slowly each set of legs would wiggle their way out. It was at this point he really started to seem like a living thing since his legs were all moving.
He's out! So incredible to see the cicada beside it's exuviae, how did he even fit in there!?
His wings are starting to unwrinkle.
Finally, the wings are smooth! Aren't they beautiful!? I wish I could have gotten more photos of this guy in his adult form but he starting climbing after his wings were done.
I'm mildly disappointed in my photos, they don't even being to do the event justice! I didn't have my macro filters on me so I couldn't get too close. Lesson learned - macro filters need to be with me at all time, no excuses.