Saturday, June 06, 2009

Animated Gif of Transformation of Cicada from Pupa to Adultated

How much would it cost to make a tiny robot that could do this? Photo credit: T. Nathan Mundhenk (personal website)
This amazing gif shows the transformation of the cicada from its pupa to the adult form. Although the whole process took over two hours there is a gap in the middle of about thirty minutes while the cicada took a rest from the strenuous activity of becoming an adult. Other than that gap the shots are at intervals of thirty seconds and this builds up beautifully in to a record of one insect's emergence.
Via Neatorama