A common occurrence around my house that happens when Nathan visits; I sit on the back-porch with him while he puffs on a cigarette. Usually, being very knowledgeable about insect species, he picks off a few from the porch lights, tells us a few things about the creature, and lets it go back in to the wild. But tonight, he found something fairly unique.
This Cicada (or (Tibicen Canicularis as he demanded I inform you), was just ready to hatch. So we put together a quick time-lapse rig and shot the process. The whole video below covers a span of real time of about 150 minutes, 2.5 hours. I couldn’t believe how colorful and vibrant the adult Cicada was upon hatching. Check it out: