We went to one of the local parks to see if we could find some dragonflies to photograph. As I was trying to get closer to one of the Dragonflies, I noticed a large insect on the plants along the path. I was surprised to see a very large Cicada with those big red eyes staring at me. I was very close so I used my iPhone 11 Pro with the 4.3mm lens to get a couple of images. The featured image is made from 2 iP11 images to get sharper focus on the Cicada eyes and then focused on the back wingtips. Apparently this is the year Cicadas will re-emerge in NJ from their 17 year life cycle. So I guess it will be getting really noisy soon! Thousands of Cicadas were seen on tree trunks, leaves and fence posts at the Updike Farm in Princeton, NJ.
Cicada, 2 image focus stack, iP11 Pro, 4.3mm lens
Cicada, iP11 Pro, 4.3mm lens
Cicada, 2 image Focus Stack, iP11 Pro, 4.3mm lens
Cicada, m43 Olympus, 100-300mm lens @ 300mm
The audio in the iPhone videos below are actually less loud then the actual sound being there!
Love those beady red eyes.
Yes! The eyes are a little intimidating! But the Cicadas are interesting to photograph!
Better grab some earplugs – going to be a noisy summer out there.
Yes! But at least getting older my hearing is not as good as it used to be!! So maybe it will not sound as loud!
Little aliens! 😉
Yes Eliza! They do look “Alien”!!
Super shots! I can’t wait to hear more when they actually emerge en masse!
Thanks! They are expecting huge amounts near us in NJ! Hopefully they are wrong!!
Great photos. Just please don’t try to convince me they are tasty, blech! 🙂
Thanks Chelle!! Yes, I agree about the “tasty” part! The other day on the news the News Anchors were shown eating them! Not for Me!!
Excellent photos! I don’t think we’ll see them here in great numbers 🤞
Thanks Belinda! Hopefully you will not see them there in Great Numbers!
Stunning captures and so well detailed, Reed. I love the sound of these little bugs, that means holiday to me.😀
Thanks so much Greta! They are interesting photo subjects!!
Cool shots, Reed, loved those glassy wings!
Thanks Donna! They are interesting to photograph! I like the wing details!