Lens-Artists Challenge #105 – SPRING

Do you know the legend about cicadas? They say they are the souls of poets who cannot keep quiet because, when they were alive, they never wrote the poems they wanted to. – John Berger

Spring is a season for new beginnings, a season of transformation. Although spring is filled with new flowers and growth it is also filled with transformations for insects and it is this metamorphosis that I chose to share for this spring challenge. I was fascinated when I found these alien looking exoskeletons hanging all over a bush here in a park late spring and it surprised me to learn that they belonged to the noisy cicadas that have been buzzing all afternoon. Late spring the cicadas, that we hear buzzing on hot and humid days, emerged after 2 to 17 years spent underground.

This transformation or metamorphosis happens when an insect’s changes from larva to adult but in the case of the cicadas it is from nymphs to adult cicadas orimagoes after a week spent aboveground After this miraculous metamorphosis they leave their alien-like, brown exoskeletons hanging haphazardly outside. It is truly an eerie sight to see. The adults are only above ground for a few weeks, chorusing and mating during the hot summer days.


  1. Janaline, leave it to you to find a truly unique sign of spring! In my opinion the cicadas have perhaps the worst life experience of any creature on earth, and yet they do have a beautiful song to sing. A fine example of positive mental attitude if ever there was one! Thanks for joining us this week with your creative response.

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    • Thank you so much Tina, I came across these exoskeletons a week or two ago while on a cycling trip through the rice paddies and lotus ponds on a small island close to Shanghai! I just had to share and when I saw this weeks challenge I thought it was perfect timing! It is quite sad to think they spend most of their life in the dark underground all alone,and then spend the rest of their short life looking for a mate. They are so fascinating!

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