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Cicadas!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Since my encounter with that cicada who was emerging a few weeks back I've kiiiind of become completely obsessed with cicadas. They really are just so incredible. I've figured out what kind of trees they like to hang out in around my area and perfectly enough, all my favorite cemeteries are filled with those trees. Needless to say, I've been spending a lot of time snooping around cemeteries (well, more time than normal) looking for these little guys.

I've had the opportunity to witness a few more emerging from their exoskeletons. Each time was still just as incredible as the first. I managed to even find one before it had begun to emerge at all so I got to watch the exoskeleton split down the back. 
I found one who died halfway through the moulting process. This is such an incredible find. I happily brought it hope to add to my collection of "oddities". I wonder what happened to him...
I saw lots of cicadas who had just emerged. They're brightly colored, after first emerging, before their bodies harden at which point they become much darker in color. It'd be so neat if they stayed those bright colors.
I found a handful of dead ones on the ground which I brought home to pin. The one below is the best specimen from the bunch. I'm really happy with how he turned out.
I even made a little instagram video, which I turned into a GIF for blogging purposes, of a new cicada pal and I! Look how he fixes up my bangs. What a cute little dude! For the record, it tickled...BAD.
Bugs are so cool! It's been really amazing to be able to see cicadas in all these different stages of life these past few weeks. It's always fun to find something new to throw myself into to and learn all about.
xoxo

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  1. I have a soft spot for cicadas as well. I love your photo's ^__^

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    1. And I didn't know they are this colourful in the beginning! I'll keep that in mind for my next drawing. Your insect photo's are so handy to have a good, fresh look.

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  2. This is so cool! I'm really squimish around bugs so I admire your bravery. I love that video of you and your new buggy friend

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  3. I lovee the video! He seems to really like your bangs, haha.
    The photos are awesome too <3

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  4. I think you are a very brave woman. I don't like that kind of bugs..argh

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  5. Amazing! I would love to watch a cicada emerging but would never let it crawl on my face, maybe on my hand but that would be it.

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  6. hahaha look at him doing your hair!!! I love these bugs we dont get them here inthe UK :( I recently founds loads of dead petrol coloured beetles which I collected and am going to pin :)
    cowbiscuits

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  7. omg I dunno how you didn't laugh. I wouldn't have been able to hold my composure!

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  8. LOL. You're friggin' awesome lady. I just found a bird skull the other day. Gonna clean it all up. 'Cept I have to be extremely careful because there's already a crack on the top. :/

    You and those cicadas make my day :P

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  9. Wow, such lovely photos! I've never lived somewhere with lots of cicadas, but they sure are pretty!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  10. This summer I traveled from California to New England in hopes to catch the Brood II cicadas while I was visiting Connecticut, unfortunately I didn't see a single one and I was totally bummed. I wanted to push a longer stay in CT so that I would be able to perhaps catch some but we had to continue on our road trip and head towards Maine. I am living vicariously through you as you continue to post your pictures of these lovely creatures. <3

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  11. Fascinating creatures and beautiful photos.

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  12. I have somehow managed to only see one cicada this year! He was hanging out on the side of my garage.

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  13. This is pretty cool. I can't get over the little dude who died halfway through emerging. Sweet find!

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  14. It's interesting that you got to see some molt. I've often wondered why I'll see the exoskeleton shells all the time, but I have never seen a live cicada in that early form. Same thing with baby squirrels. You see jr. squirrels, but never baby squirrels. Where are they?

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  15. Oh wooooow! Man, thanks so much for sharing with us! I especially love the video! It really does look like he's hard at work fixing up your hair, heehee!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  16. Cicadas are my absolute favourite bug. When I toured around further south I simply fell in love with them. Great images :)

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  17. You live in such a cool area! I leave in the field and I have nothing like that near me! Those cicadas are just adorable :)

    Kisses
    Sofia G

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  18. Thank you for sharing this, what a fantastic post!

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  19. I have a confession...I made a very embarrassing squeeling noise when I read the title of this post...which turned into a creepy giggle. I'm glad nobody was here to hear it haha! I love this post so much! I have an obsession with Cicadas as well, and I am SO jealous of your half-emergerged dead cicada find! That's so neat!!! And your pinned specimen is beautiful!

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  20. These are such wonderful pictures, even if bugs do give me the heebie jeebies a little bit >.< Your new pal is cute though ^_^

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  21. Are these the guys that make all the noise? I always try and find them in the trees but I'm obviously not looking carefully enough!

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  22. I don't think we have cicadas in England, at least I have never seen one, or even heard of one before I read your posts. Interesting though!

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  23. I've never seen a cicada before, arent they weird? I used to love bugs and creepy crawlies as a kid!

    hannah bee
    xo

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  24. Gorgeous photographs Kaylah, even if they do creep me out the tiniest bit!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  25. You're amazing, that's all I can say ! :) Love from Slovakia !

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  26. oh lord, these photos are amazing! I am oddly fascinated by them and the video of him hairstyling is wonderful haha!
    xox

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  27. Love your Blog Kaylah! I used to find these all the time in Virginia, but have not seen them since living in Florida. You and I are alike in many ways...bugs, skulls, cats, and even our books of choice!!! Joli

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  28. That GIF is sort of amazing- haha- great shots! Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  29. On this (( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada )) Wikipedia page they have a gif of a cicada emerging from it's exo skeleton. It says it's one from Ohio.

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  30. I love, love, love your posts about bugs! And I have to say that I'm kind of jealous of those cicadas you're pinning, we don't have them over here in Belgium. It would look so neat to have a bunch of them together pinned in a shadow box.

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  31. Kaylah you are so brave! That's my worst nightmare right there - if we had those bugs in London, I don't think I would leave the house!! I wish I wasn't such a fraidy cat when it comes to creepy crawlies!

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  32. You might enjoy this too :): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iaoEkpnvVk

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  33. Wow this is incredible! What an interesting thing to come across!

    xo,
    Kiana
    finchandfawn.com

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  34. Loved this post! Bugs are so neat. I wouldn't be brave enough to let one of those guys crawl on me, but your gif is pretty darn cute.

    Sidenote: I knew a kid in elementary school who would hunt for the dead old cicada shells on trees and then he would eat them. Mmmm crunchy snack! Haha.

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  35. WTF! this is amazing! you have no idea what makes me wonder nature!<3

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