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Skins of The Red Eyed Australian Cicada

On the trunk of a pine tree. Taken on my Nokia Lumia 520 on the close-up setting.

And what they looked like months ago.  Red Eyed Australian Cicada



Photo from Wikipedia



I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

13 thoughts on “Skins of The Red Eyed Australian Cicada

    1. Hi Margaret Rose, I’ve just changed the title and added a photo of what they looked like before emerging for the last time – red eyed ones – they were about when I began this blog. The skins are all over this pine tree, and I usually get some left on the brick fence and plant stems too.


      1. Yeah, I know. But first, they frightened the living daylights out of me, this year was the first time I’d seen anything but the skins. They look downright EVIL with glossy black body and bright gleaming red eyes.


      2. Oh, I remember it: I just never watched it.
        So I s’pose you’re referring to the ‘golly’. Got it ! – at last !


  1. 10 years ago was the huge East-Coast-of-the-US invasion of “Brood X” cicadas. The sound was STAGGERING and went on for weeks. Love-crazy bugs were slamming into me every time I went out for a walk. My (then 3-4 month old, now 10 year old) dog couldn’t be outside alone, as she’d eat them; many dogs in the area had to be rushed to the vet with stomach issues. And those empty shells? Bags and bags of them picked up from the ground, trees, bushes, fences.

    The experience was overwhelming — exciting and gross, and so real — I’m glad I lived through it once.

    I don’t plan to do so again. But your image captures a certain type of beauty in the bug and in nature, doesn’t it?! 🙂


    1. That experience sounds fascinating Cindi, but awful too. Poor dogs. We didn’t get that many. I’m not sure what cycle this lot is on, I’ve noticed them three times I think, since I moved here, so they must be on the 7 year cycle.


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