Depicting the migration of the periodical cicadas from their underground burrows to their transformation into winged adults, this video is set to Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 - Prelude, which imparts an appropriate mood to the glorious metamorphosis from nymph to adult. A thunderstorm approaching (with rumbling thunder) also helps establish the mood and provides a rational excuse for ending with a thunderclap.
The video footage was gathered in May or 2012 near Lexington, Virginia, during the Brood 1 emergence. Special thanks to Russ Watkins for allowing me (Lang) to work in his backyard.
Video footage © Lang Elliott, The Music of Nature. Cello performance © John Michel (professor of Cello at Central Washington University). All rights Reserved.
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