Monday, July 23, 2012

A Closer Look | Cicada

cicada
I let my parsley grow wild in hope of attracting black swallowtails.

cicada no. 2
I inspect every bit of milkweed along the roadside, eyes peeled for a monarch chrysalis.

cicada no. 3
Summer after summer I patiently wait but I never quite find what I'm looking for.

cicada no. 4
This morning after cutting back my now inedible parsley, 
I looked down to find a different kind of hatching.
Perhaps it's not a butterfly, but wow, isn't the cicada beautiful too?

20 comments:

Ariane Reichardt said...

Sensational pictures,
dear HGolly!
Sometimes we can find beauty in surprising places.

Best,
Ariane

Michelle Palmer said...

Absolutely AMAZING images! We find their super shells... hear their songs and you shared their fantastic portraits~ :)

Valerianna said...

Quite!

holly aka golly said...

Thanks all! They are such a pretty shade of green when they first emerge!

Stephanie Gentry said...

Beautiful bug! I hope this critter inspires a watercolor likeness.

Anonymous said...

Wow, What a Beauty!
-Earl

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Wow! The patterns on the overlaid, transparent wings are amazing! Thank you!

artist said...

Their wings seem otherworldly.

Can't wait to see you work these photos into another incredible painting.

luanne said...

Amazing color -- have never seen them in this stage. Fabulous photos, Holly! Thanks for sharing.

vivienne strauss said...

thank you for theses, so lovely!

annamaria said...

Incredible photos Holly! Thank you for sharing these:)

Gemma Mortlock said...

Wonderful Pictures! Living in England though i have never actually come across a real life Cicada so i still find them really creepy and im sure if i ever met one i'd scream like a banshee and run for the hills! :D xx

holly aka golly said...

thanks all! I'll be back next week!
Have a super weekend!

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous! thank you for sharing your find.

Sarah Melling said...

Gorgeous creature...will there be a cicada painting forthcoming? We called them "June bugs" growing up in the US Midwest. We'd take the empty "shells" that they'd shed and attach them to our shirts by their sharp little claws...strange.

UnaOdd -Lynn said...

I love the translucent blue green of their fresh wings. So much like FireKing Jadeite! Our trees were covered last year. This year I've only seen two empty shells.

Lovely capture!

Murgatroyd said...

And, Wow, again! Fabulous photo's.

Kathi Roussel said...

holy moley Holly-- what a fantastic group of photos. precious!! I adore the sound of cicadas and they are so seldom seen... what a treat!

ELFI said...

fantastique macro !

holly aka golly said...

thank you!