I was sitting on a stool waiting for a Lizard to show in a spot that they frequent. This was at my place near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. A little after sunrise a Cicada made a loud noise and fell to the ground near where I was sitting. It must have been in a tree nearby. I am not sure if something attacked it but I would guess something did to cause it to fall. This might be a male because the male is the only one that can “sing”.

Cicada On Tree Trunk
Cicada On Tree Trunk

When I reached down to pick it up it flew to a tree that was nearby. It landed at the base of the tree trunk. The Cicada was in a perfect spot for me to photograph but I needed for the sun to be higher for more light. I decided to wait hoping it would stay in this spot until I got the light I needed.

After waiting several minutes for the sun to rise higher in the sky, I was finally able to get a few photos. After getting a few photos it flew high in the sky and out of sight.

An interesting fact: The song of a Cicada is loud enough to cause permanent loss of hearing in humans if it is close enough.

How I Got The Shot – Cicada On Tree Trunk

I was sitting on a stool hand holding a Fujifilm X-T3 Camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Auto White Balance
  • Multi Metering
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed 1/500 of a second
  • Focal Length 400 mm

Here are a few more insects I have recently photographed: Robber Fly Turned For Camera (I read that the Robber Fly preys on Cicadas) – Dragonfly On Dew Covered Leaf