Brood X Cicada

© James R. Jackson

Brood X Cicada

Uploaded: May 26, 2004


One of a cast of billions. This fellow is a 17-year cicada, one of billions that are emerging, singing, mating, laying eggs, and dying (the last time in the Maryland area was 1987). Trees are currently covered in them; the noise (80 decibels!) is astounding; and all the bug haters (panickers) are freaking out! Autofocus; 100 mm Macro lens; flash; handheld


Bob Cammarata May 26, 2004

Great shot James.
As a fellow Marylander, I've been shooting these guys a lot myself!
There seems to be more of them here than in 1987.
Bob #131844

James R. Jackson May 26, 2004

Thanks, Bob! I missed the 1987 brood by one year, having moved to the Harford County area in 1988, but I'm thrilled to be here for this momentous event. I hope to be able to capture their sound as well. Again, thanks! Jay

Colette M. Metcalf May 26, 2004

Great shot, Jay!!! #561452

James R. Jackson May 26, 2004

Thank you, Colette! He isn't quite as pretty as your flowers, but for a bug, he is beautiful! Jay

May 26, 2004

Nice #561725

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