A Plague of Locusts

Well, not really. They’re cicadas, which are not locusts at all.

It’s 13 year cicada time in Middle Tennessee. I was in Nashville for their last appearance and they were spectacular. You’d come across a tree with thousands of screaming cicadas. They were just getting hatched when I left Bell Buckle. Thor and I stopped at a rest stop and I got a few pics using my new camera. I even cropped them to make them a bit more interesting. I didn’t do any fancy digital finishing like sharpening or whatnot, but they still look pretty cool. You can also see them on this PicasaWeb site.

In the leaves
Lots and lots of shells
Let me out!
Breaking out
Climbing out
Wings getting straight
Just out
Recovery
Looks like two bugs
Angel
Angel 2
Done
On the ground

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2 Responses to A Plague of Locusts

  1. Steven says:

    I’ve never seen the entire process, nor have I seen so many empty carapaces (carapi?) in one place. Once, when I was in the backcountry of Canyonlands Nat’l Park in SE Utah, I came upon a swarm of cicadas. They were a different species than we have in the South, being all black with red eyes and abit smaller than these.   Thanks for sharing.    

  2. Rachel says:

    Looks like you got some nice shots! Unfortunately, now that I have seen these images, I won’t be able to sleep at night…

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