Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

AMNH Subway Art #68

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Since I am having trouble getting out to roam the city and take pictures, I thought I’d return us to the upstairs subway platform at AMNH for a couple days to look at a few pieces that I haven’t yet shared with you.

A species of cicada, Magicicada spp.
as portrayed in tiles on the stairway leading down into the NYC subway stop (A-B-C)
at 81st and Central Park West. (ISO, no zoom, no flash).

Image: GrrlScientist 2008. [wallpaper size].

This is the other image that I’ve stared at often, wondering what it represented. After I took the picture, I finally figured out what it is (well, sorta).

Read more about the AMNH tile artworks and see the AMNH tile artworks photographic archives — with all the animals identified.


  1. #1 Duae Quartunciae
    March 13, 2008

    I think it is a cicada. Love the images! Who is response for them?

  2. #2 Luna_the_cat
    March 14, 2008

    That’s definitely a cicada! For those of us who delight in collecting cast-off cicada skins, that is also recogniseably what is on the right of the insect itself. This is the full (winged) adult form just freshly emerged from a moult.

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