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- Found the first Black and Golden Cicada! Unfortunately I was a little too late as it had already emerged and almost ready to fly off.
- As we didn't see any others, I took more record shots of this lovely cicada
- Close up shot of the Black and Golden Cicada (Huechys fusca)
- Our patience paid off, and while shooting a two-tailed spider, Chris spotted a cicada larva crawling up the tree trunk!
- What followed was nothing short of a miracle. I took over a hundred shots and compiled it into an animation. Unfortunately it decided to walk out of the frame before the wings were pumped out!
- Just for fun, here's the reversed animation!
- A captured moment in time
- The most important part of the moult before the cicada flips to the front.
- After the cicada moved out of frame, I shifted to capture the rest of the sequence where it pumped it's wings out to dry. It took almost 30 minutes, and was finally disrupted by ANOTHER cicada larva!
- The wings in the midst of being pumped out
- The invader. :P
- We found yet another cicada, and was able to shoot at an angle that allowed a nice smooth background of the foliage a distance away
- This is a more complete animation of the moulting sequence!
- And a reversed animation. :)
- Love the colours of the cicada before it turned black
- Wings all pumped out!
- A true beauty, this particular scene and colour will last for less than 10 minutes before it changes into a black cicada.
The complete album can be viewed here.