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