Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Humble Cicada

Annual cicada, Tibicen sp.










3 ocelli


















 
I've always loved those little sparkly red-jelly eye-spots. When I was little I thought they looked like lights. I still think they look like lights.

What I was really after was a good shot of the beautiful pattern on its back. It's a very elegant color combination, in a lovely and mysterious pattern.

Full frontal cicada.

I had a species name plonked on this one, after looking up "cicada" and then "annual cicada" and then "Missouri annual cicada", until I looked a little further into it, and saw that there's a whole bunch of similar ones, and then I lost interest.