I had a cicada sealed in a bag on my counter for a couple of weeks. This evening I decided I needed the wings. I grabbed my spray alcohol and other household cleaners and prepared the dead body. I reflected on the sanity of my actions – but I remained steadfast. The wings are attractive and I need them for my art pieces. This is a good idea.
I grabbed some tools and extracted the wings. Here they are. (Note, I had one stray wing from another cicada, which I added to the photo.)
The wings look like stained glass.
If you need more reasons to appreciate cicadas, check out this Smithsonian article. Their wings are waterproof and antibacterial. (In retrospect, I guess I didn’t need all my cleaning products). There are also zombie cicadas that are taken over by fungus! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-are-cicadas-180975009/
Date: July 21, 2020
Camera: Rockalita Sunshine (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)
Lens: My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Notes: Beauty is everywhere.