Photographic Video Montage of Northern Dusk Singing Cicada Ecdysis, 22 June 2013

Megatibicen auletes, the Northern dusk singing cicada;
Lowndes county, Georgia (22 June 2013).

During the summers from 2011 through 2013, I was graced with an over-abundance of cicadas (of varying species) in my Valdosta, Georgia, backyard. Our backyard was also a goldmine for emerging cicada nymphs breaking out into their winged adult forms, especially Northern dusk singing cicadas (Megatibicen auletes).

Featured below is an annotated photographic montage video I slapped together back in June of 2013 — a video tracking the process of ecdysis late one summer night for one, single emerging Northern dusk singing cicada:


Featured below is a sample of the source images in still-form. In our next post, we’ll check out an actual time-lapse video of another Northern dusk singing cicada undergoing its own process of ecdysis — in all its heaving, bulging glory. These little tanks are endlessly fascinating.


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