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Subalpine Green Cicada

Kikihia subalpina

Notes:

I found another cicada struggling to complete its final nymphal moult — see my previous spotting (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/870...) — but this one was still alive when I found it on the ground on my walk to work. I placed it on a tree branch, where it stayed until I found it again on my walk back home. Thinking it had died I brought it home with me to photograph, but since then it was shown signs of life. It isn't locomotive anymore, but just slowly kneads its foreclaws in the air. Poor thing....!

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8 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Another poor little cicada! *sniffle*

Mannyg77
Mannyg77 10 years ago

Awesome picture

Frank Weaver
Frank Weaver 10 years ago

Cicadas are awesome!

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Nice series! It is a shame it didn't make it - I guess it must be a tricky & exhausting thing to extricate yourself like that!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Great shots! Too bad it didn't make it.

ShannaB
ShannaB 10 years ago

Wow.

kerrydonovanbrown
kerrydonovanbrown 10 years ago

Thanks Leuba. :) Snipping away its exoskeleton would be quite a delicate procedure, and I'd hate to make things worse. I was hoping it would have another try at some point during the night — that seems to be when they normally emerge. Otherwise I think I'll let nature take its course. :\

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

If it's still alive ? would it help if you snipped away some of the moutling exoskeleton ?! :) These are good clear photos..

kerrydonovanbrown
Spotted by
kerrydonovanbrown

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Feb 21, 2012
Submitted on Feb 21, 2012

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