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Published on Sep 15, 2011
This video was submitted to the 2011 ESA YouTube Your Entomology contest by Dr. Joseph Spencer, from the Illinois Natural History Survey, who writes, "It is a 2 min. 58 sec. video about the prairie cicada, Tibicen dorsatus. I filmed it as an introduction to one of the iconic species present in the Loda Cemetery Prairie and nearby prairies in east central Illinois. The video closes with a segment of Chinese mantid predation on a prairie cicada male. It is quite astonishing how durable the 'noise-making' function is in this creature ... with barely half a head he can still protest! Loda Cemetery Prairie is a 7-acre island of original tall grass prairie surrounded by a sea of corn and soybean fields. It is a beautiful place to escape the corn desert and a favorite, fertile ground for photography and videography. The HD video was created with material I shot mostly on 6 August 2011. I used a Canon 7D camera with a 24-135 mm zoom lens, a hotshoe mounted microphone and a tripod."