If You Are Slightly Obsessed with the Return of the Cicadas, This is For You: VIDEO


The birth, death, and desperate lifestyle of these fascinating insects in an epic 7 minutes.


Return of the Cicadas from motionkicker on Vimeo.

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  1. thank you andy

    Posted by: matt | May 24, 2013 5:55:58 PM

  2. i kinda have a hard-on for these buggers

    Posted by: gomez | May 24, 2013 6:07:47 PM

  3. beautiful comment on the futility of our animal life.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 24, 2013 6:10:48 PM

  4. very cool, there is nothing like that sound on a hot Summer night

    Posted by: RONTEX | May 24, 2013 6:14:34 PM

  5. My favorite insect, except for dragonflies & lightening bugs.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | May 24, 2013 6:23:40 PM

  6. They look like Pat Robertson and Tony Perkins.

    Posted by: brian | May 24, 2013 6:50:35 PM

  7. @candide. "futility"? more like utility.

    Posted by: gomez | May 24, 2013 9:22:27 PM

  8. Mother Nature is awesome.
    Bizarre but nonetheless awesome.

    Posted by: JONES | May 24, 2013 9:30:48 PM

  9. Very cool and God bless em. But I still find these things repulsive.

    Posted by: Enrohj | May 24, 2013 9:41:43 PM

  10. That was one of the most amazing nature videos I have ever seen.

    Posted by: Marc | May 24, 2013 9:53:27 PM

  11. a resurrection...?

    Posted by: my2cents | May 24, 2013 11:14:41 PM

  12. Thank you to Andy and your staff of equally inspired "seers" who bring to us your understanding of the truly exceptional that surrounds us. Your choice to feature this video clip brought back so many fond memories of when I was 9-years-old and my Dad & Mom encouraged me to go watch up close the cicada emergence after sunset (I slept on the screened in back porch afterward that night, the screens of which gradually becoming covered with climbing cicadas.) Fascinating insight into the endless revelation of so many life forms with whom we share this small planet. Thanks both to Andy, et al, but also for my Mom's reassurance that cicadas won't bite or sting and my Dad's encouragement of me to stay out all night if I wanted to see a miracle of life.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 24, 2013 11:47:11 PM

  13. Um. Bugs? No. No thank you.


    Posted by: AdamK | May 25, 2013 12:17:52 AM

  14. Beautiful.

    Posted by: tk96 | May 25, 2013 5:20:41 AM

  15. What absolutely brilliant photography. Amazing! Thanks, Andy, for highlighting this video.

    Posted by: scott | May 25, 2013 6:18:02 AM

  16. 17 (or so) years... it's not exact, very dependent on regional conditions. Some hatch earlier, some later.

    Posted by: johnny | May 25, 2013 8:39:09 AM

  17. Beautiful, stunning video. Thank you so much for posting this. Definitely gives me a new found respect for all life around us on the Earth. Big and small.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | May 25, 2013 1:14:08 PM

  18. I've seen two so far this year, so perhaps climate change and pesticides are killing them off.

    Posted by: anon | May 25, 2013 3:39:14 PM

  19. What is it about bugs that 99% of humans find so repulsive? Snakes, rodents, bats, possums, etc., don't bother me a bit. Had a pet rat for years. But anything with 6-8 legs, big bug eyes, pincers, sorry...even little bitty spiders make me scream like a little girl.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 25, 2013 6:38:22 PM

  20. I've always found the cicada life cycle profound. Amazing, beautiful, sad and Sisyphean, but always profound.

    Posted by: socality | May 25, 2013 9:06:33 PM

  21. What a spectacular and beautiful film! Thanks, Andy.

    Posted by: Goodcarver | May 27, 2013 11:36:17 AM

  22. very very interesting

    Posted by: Reality | May 28, 2013 10:55:11 PM

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