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Cicada metamorphosis - Neotibicen canicularis

Cicada metamorphosis - Neotibicen canicularis
Franklin, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
August 12, 2009
I know this is a Dog-Day Cicada but I can't figure out how to get the images into that section of the site. Could someone please move these over to the right area for me?

These are only 8 of the 100 photos I took over a 2-1/2 hour period. I hardly took a breath it was so exciting. I think it's a female.

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Moved from Dog-day Cicada.

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Moved from Cicadas.

This is amazing. I'd be short
This is amazing. I'd be short of breath myself too. Congratulations on capturing this!

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great series + how to move them
Breathtaking photos! I've only seen one of these emerging, and I was about 10 years old, but I remember it vividly - those gorgeous blue-green wing veins especially. How did you get such good photos? - is there a backing sheet behind it for the black background? Did you bring the nymph inside, or photograph it all outside? Just beautiful!

To move images, view the photo and click "tag" or "tag all" (for a whole series); the text is under the photo, above the comments. The photo(s) will appear in the lefthand sidebar, above the Clickable Guide, and stay there as you navigate the rest of the site. Go to the guide page for the genus or species (depending on how sure you are of the ID) and click the "Images" tab. Click on the text "Move tagged images" and all the ones in the sidebar will automatically be moved there.

To make tagged images stop appearing in the sidebar, click on "untag" in the sidebar, or view the image and click "untag" there. You can also "untag all" for linked photos.

 
I was losing daylight...
I saw it creeping across some bark mulch toward our mulberry tree. I followed it over to and up the tree but was quickly losing any daylight we had left. I found a large piece of bark off an old tree stump and brought them both in the house. I propped the bark up in a large plastic container. It crawled to the top of the bark and parked itself there. It began some kind of pumping action that looked rather strenuous for about 10 minutes. Then it sat still for about 1/2 hour...I thought it had died.
Suddenly, I saw changes in its thorax on the back and the rest is history. I wish my granddaughter had been here to witness it. After it emerged, My husband and I watched it pump its wings up. After about another hour, I took it back out to the mulberry tree and sent it on its way. We feel truly graced having witnessed this. I took 100 photos (only 8 chosen here for simplicity)over a 2-1/2-hour period.

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