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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A small Cicada from a Greek meadow


I believe this to be Cicadetta argentata .

I expect cicadas to be up in the trees, singing, after dark on a warm evening. This one, of several heard, was on low vegetation (where they rest when freshly-emerged) in hot sunshine. It made a shrill sound, which it did not stop at my approach, and was easy to locate. It was 1cm or so long.

Olympus E-P2, Leitz Elmarit 60mm macro, probably f8, 1/80 ISO 100 hand-held.

Slightly cropped for composition.

Harold







Jan 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · A small Cicada from a Greek meadow


Like it good light as well
I've never seen one before just heard them



Jan 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A small Cicada from a Greek meadow


LCPete wrote:
Like it good light as well
I've never seen one before just heard them


Thanks. The light was actually harsh, out in the open, but this individual was surrounded by enough foliage to diffuse it.

I have seen a larger species in daylight on another occasion. It was resting on a (shaded) low tree branch, not singing, but not too difficult to spot. As with many photographic subjects, just looking and being receptive is often more productive than a search with an agenda. Not being familiar with the locality or the wildlfe can make this approach somewhat obligatory.

Harold



Jan 15, 2014 at 02:18 PM





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