A Cicada’s New Skin
#1 Initially, it looked like some odd, dark coloured bug
#2 On closer look, it looked like a cicada ready to emerge! It was twitching occasionally, and looked like it was going to crack open anytime now
#3 Clumsy us got too excited and knocked onto the branch… the poor fella dropped to the ground!! Luckily, the molting process continued and we saw it emerging from its shell!
#4 Giving itself the final push to squeeze out of its molt
#5 Looks like a fish indeed… hmmm..
#6 The wings were still shriveled, and we were worried that they could not form completely while on the ground
#7 We managed to bring it back to a tree trunk to cling on, and watched the wings unravel slowly, a sight to behold!
#8 Wings almost fully extended
#9 Wings in full bloom, and it changes colour slowly. I suspect that it would turn green just like the other common cicadas in Singapore
#10 Last view of the cicada before we said bye bye to it
#11 Found this wasp sleeping on a thin branch
#12 Shot this from a lower angle, so that I could get the sky into the background to produce a smooth blue gradient
#13 It decided to wake up and fly away eventually
#14 A tiny Eucharitid wasp, all over the trail
#15 Head shot of the cute fella
#16 Walked by the reservoir and took some shots of the pond skaters
#17 They look… blue!! Very nice patterns on the body.
#18 An orange coloured cranefly
#19 Beautiful Four-lined tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax).
#20 Quite large, but camouflaged nicely on the brown leaf
#21 Really sleepy frog, didn’t budge when I went closer
#22 Well camouflaged bug on a tree trunk. Has a duck-bill, possibly a Fulgorid planthopper?
#23 Side view of the otherwise almost unnoticeable fella
The complete album can be viewed here.
James blogged about this trip here.