May 11, 2011 - The Great Cicada Invasion

12 May 2011 02:30 PM CDT


If you live in Nashville (or anywhere in the South, probably) you’re well aware of the cicadas that have all-the-sudden emerged from the ground.  2011 is the year Brood XIX (the largest cicada brood) emerges from its 13 year slumber.  Every 13 years the cicadas crawl out of the earth, climb up a tree (or wall, or car tire, or trash can, or … you get the point), molt, and then fly to the nearest tree to feast and mate.  I read an article yesterday that said there are approximately 1,000,000 cicadas per 1 acre of land.  That’s a lot of bugs.

Last night I grabbed my camera, a macro lens, and my flash and I took pictures of several cicadas molting in my backyard.  Here’s a look at Brood XIX.  The great cicada invasion of 2011 has begun.

Here’s a picture of a cicada that has just begun the molting process:

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

2011 05-11 Adam Thede - The Cicada Invasion

I’m particularly fond of the guy swan-diving out of his shell.  You go for it, buddy!