|June 12, 2007
Cicada Nymph | Permalink
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Well I have another series of scenics from Zion National Park and although its quite a bit different from Bryce, I think I'll take a little break from the landscapes. It probably won't be too long because I just haven't been doing much shooting. We are in the midst of an invasion of 17 year cicadas. This is a cicada nymph. Back in 1990 it burrowed about a foot into the ground and stayed there for 17 years. In the Spring of the 17th year when the ground temperature reaches about 64 degrees the nymph emerges and crawls up the nearest tree. This one attached itself to the underside of a leaf. Eventually an adult emerges, sheds the nymph skin, and begins to search for a mate. The adult only has a life span of about thirty days and then the 17 year cycle begins anew.
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Category: All, Macro