Brood X : 2021

Emerging

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After having been underground for up to 17 years, Magicicada juvenilles dig themselves out and climb up onto a neaby tree or similar protrusion to begin molting thier shell. This teneral juvenille is currently undergoing ecdysis, the molting process, and must let it's wings dry and skin harden before continuing on it's journey.

Circle of Life

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A lonely shell

clings to the circle of life,

Watching its past climb

far into the distance,

As the music begins

to fade...

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Circle of Life

Some are chasing the summer heat up

Out of the ground

Reborn after 17 years

Of darkness

Others fall from the sky

A final flight after planting their genes

in the very trees

from which they came

But this one takes a moment to enjoy

her short life on this Earth

To feel each string

On a blade of grass

To swing off the heat

In the breeze of a summer's day

And listen to her suitor's serenades

Sung all across the field

Taking a break from the short cycle

Of survival

She will climb again tomorrow...

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Left: Cicadas eyes are infamously beady and bright red. Or are they?

These cicadas also have three Ocelli, or smaller eyes, in between the two large eyes. They blend in and are hard to notice, but become immensely useful to cicadas in low light.

Right: An adult male magicicada in the middle of a peaceful meditation. Cicadas can be sexed based on the shape of thier abdomen as well as by thier call.

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Left: An adult male waves to the camera

Middle: This cicada climbs higher in the tree, seeking a mate

Bottom: Cicada high up in a Pine

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Grain of Sand

A grain of sand,

Sans lonliness,

Part of an invasion

Extending far beyond its frame,

Once in 17,

One in a million...

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The Duplication (of Mating)

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The duty to transcribe

oneself in verbatim,

What only can trump

the pursuit of happiness,

The priorities that lie

between your world and mine...

Larvae

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These rice-like orbs

mark the final stage

in a brief cycle.

They'll be back

in seventeen.