Archive for July 15th, 2017


Summer means cicada season in Texas. If you look carefully you can usually catch a few as they’ve just emerged from their larval shells. Immediately after molting their wings are still wet and can be easily damaged, so they stay put until the wings are completely dry. I saw this one last weekend, a bit before sunrise.


This morning I was lucky enough to find another one. I noticed that it seemed stuck in its shell, and as I looked closer something didn’t look right. There were spider webs all over the cicada.


This small spider, a fraction of the size of the cicada was working on its next meal. I figure that it must have paralyzed the cicada before it went to work.


Here’s another view of this crazy scene.


I decided to come outside every half hour or so and check on the progress. My next visit made me question my sanity for a moment. The cicada was gone!


I heard a squawk and looked to my left. One of the guineas was devouring both the cicada and the spider! It happened so quickly I couldn’t snap a photo.


Here’s all that remained. I guess the shell wasn’t too appetizing.

Such is the circle of life!

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