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Cicada orni metamorphosis

Cicada orni one of the largest Cicadas in the world photographed in Babadag Forest – Dobrogea. This cicada is usually laying eggs in the  Manna Ash or South European Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus) possibly where its name orni comes from. The noise it produces in the submediteranean forests of Dobrogea can be sometimes too loud to tolerate especially during the dry hot summers. Looking at this insect closely is unveiling a character like the ones you find in SF movies.  I am always fascinated by this insect and most of the tourists I guide are surprised to learn that an insect so small can produce such noise.


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