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Old Jan 23, 2011, 3:56 PM   #1
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Found this little fella in the back yard and quickly got out the Lumix & a +3 dioptre close up lens to do some shooting

Each taken at f11 x 12x [420mm] of zoom, tripod (of course), no flash

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He is actually kind of cute. Strange, considering the adult and baby versions are rather ugly......
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Nice photos. That is indeed an adult.
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G'day Tallgrass

Open to information here - but the adults we have in our trees are twice the size of this little fella, and a very rich black colour

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Once a cicada crawls out of the ground and "looses" his skin he then becomes an "adult". It looks like you have quite a variety in Oz.

http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/category/australia/

We have only 2 main types in the USA. But lots of species
There are 166 species of cicadas in the United States and Canada (1).
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25mm - 50mm.

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In eastern North America, two groups are easily separated:

1-Periodical Cicadas are Magicicada species. These typically have dark bodies, brown-veined wings, and bright red eyes. They emerge in huge numbers in either 13-year or 17-year cycles. Genus Okanagana is in the same subfamily, does not (?) have red eyes, and does not (?) have mass emergences.

2-"Annual" Cicadas: several genera, not necessarily closely related. Life cycles two or three years, do not emerge in synchrony. These include Tibicen, Neocicada, Platypedia, etc.



That's a great picture - what a neat bug!

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G'day Clint

Thanks for the info - the change to 'adulthood' acknowledged
I would guess that we have lots of both 1- & 2- types in our trees over summer, and the noise they make is 'wonderful' as it tells us that it's a hot, sunny day and summer has well & truly arrived

We also have a bird -the Currawong- that goes from branch to branch and eats the Circada's lower-body. If I'm sitting under a eucalypt tree [for example], it is quite common to find a dead circada falls from the tree every minute or so, and every body is missing the 'juicy' bottom half

Does this apply up your way??
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The juicy half - LOL - sounds yummy. I don't know of a bird that does that here but I'm sure there must be some that eat them. We do have a variety of wasp aptly named a cicada killer that will sting them, paralyze them and take the body to it's burrow, lays eggs on it and let the larvae consume it.

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