Off beat/Quirky:

Off beat/Quirky:

A quirk of nature, in a way: the 17 year cicada. Their nymphs remain underground, feeding off fluids from tree roots, until after 17 years, millions emerge all at once. They climb up the trees, molt and the fly up into the canopy. the males issue a continuous humming mating call. Given the sheer number of them, the sound can be incredibly loud. Some areas have them in abundance; other places not far away have hordes of them. We have none in the area of Berlin when I live, but when we went hiking in another section of town, he heard the characteristic hum and were able to find some. In Southington, a town next to ours, they are so loud as to be truly distracting.

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7 Responses to Off beat/Quirky:

  1. Ivor says:

    What a great photo, so sharp and a perfect focus. Beautiful creature too. I bet the birds are having a feast.

  2. danudin says:

    After emergence is a super cool shot. We called that variety of cicarda a “Golden Baker” when we were kids. Midnight Queens were the top of the heap prize back then.

  3. John & Lois says:

    I hesitate to say that cicadas are beautiful, but your up close and personal view is just that.

  4. Tammy says:

    LOVE all the clear details in this colorful dude!

  5. Great clarity and detail …. a great capture

  6. KarenAnn says:

    I have heard the noise from these creatures but have never seen one…such a super sharp up-close view. They look rather mystical…especially the golden translucent one.

  7. PC PHOTO says:

    Oh this is special with the shedding of the old skin freshly peeled away.

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