Thrifty Thursday: Cicada Wings

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

Brood XIX Magicicada fore and hind wings

[HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner – $150]

A cheap desktop scanner isn’t exactly a camera. But scanners open a different set of creative possibilities; see, for instance, the late Tom Eisner’s fabulous scanner art. Two-dimensional subjects like insect wings are especially suitable for scanning.

Brood XIX periodical cicadas are finishing up here in Central Illinois. These are the wings of a female, captured with my home scanner.

7 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday: Cicada Wings”

  1. Taunting us northeasterners, aren’t we? XD Also, what’s with the weird vein on the proximal end of the trailing edge of the front wing?

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  3. Outstanding scan!

    BTW, we saw Joseph Scheer’s “Moths: Flight, Light and Desire” at University of Arizona. He scanned the moths, although not using an HP home scanner. The results were gorgeous.

  4. wow awesome! I remember being fascinated by scanners as a kid, but this takes things to a whole new level. I’m definitely going to have to try it out.

  5. wow awesome! I remember being fascinated by scanners as a kid, but this takes things to a whole new level. I’m definitely going to have to try it out.

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