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Green Annual Cicada - Neotibicen canicularis

Green Annual Cicada - Neotibicen canicularis
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
August 14, 2004
Size: 3"
I learned that the orange "nostrils" seen here are actually a kind of eye that does not capture an image like a traditional eye--it's used more as a motion sensory device. Very cool!

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Those aren't nostrils.
Those are known as "ocelli" (simple eyes). Cicadas as well as other insects have Ocelli (usually found in threes in the shape of a triangle) and are used to detect light in various spectrums and help the cicada during flight or aids in the quick detection of predators.

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