Watch a Cicada Metamorphose

The surprisingly beautiful conclusion to the cicada's life. Also, basically, what HD was made for.

You all may have just started to pay attention to cicadas this year, when they're emerging from the ground to mate and die, but filmmaker Samuel Orr has been working on a documentary about the special species since 2007. That effort has paid off, as you can see in the beautiful trailer embedded here.

The doc itself is not complete, but Orr has a Kickstarter up to help him finish it off.

If Orr's funding reaches above his $3,000 goal, he'll increase the amount of time-lapse photography he will do of this year's brood (the name for the cicada hatch), which would be a very good thing.

Skip to about minute two of the preview above and you'll see a remarkable set of time-lapses of the cicadas turning from creepy-crawly insect into winged bug. To watch the wings unfurl at about 2:20 is to see one of the glories of evolution.

Happy Memorial Day weekend.

H/t Jad Abumrad

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