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Shovel-tip cicada - Asiraca clavicornis Size: 3.5-5mm. Due to its widespread forelegs and its greatly elongated first antennae, the shovel-tip cicada cannot be confused with any other species of cicada in Europe. It prefers to suckle on various herbaceous plants in dry ruderal areas.<br />
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Not very happy with the photos - my first tests of the new 30mm Macro lens, which seems to be with a very shallow depth of field. Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Asiraca clavicornis,Bulgaria,Delphacidae,Europe,Fall,Fulgoroidea,Geotagged,Hemiptera,Insect,Insecta,Shovel-tip cicada,Sofia,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Shovel-tip cicada - Asiraca clavicornis

Size: 3.5-5mm. Due to its widespread forelegs and its greatly elongated first antennae, the shovel-tip cicada cannot be confused with any other species of cicada in Europe. It prefers to suckle on various herbaceous plants in dry ruderal areas.

Not very happy with the photos - my first tests of the new 30mm Macro lens, which seems to be with a very shallow depth of field.

    comments (8)

  1. Interesting creature, and the photo are definitely very usable, with important parts in focus, be happy!

    How's the new lens? Using any flash system with it?
    Posted 3 months ago
    1. Not in this case, but I used it with the 60mm macro - a twin flash, Olympus as well. Still need to educate myself and more training. Posted 3 months ago
      1. Sure! If I may be so bold to give unasked advise, to me the f/4 sticks out in EXIF. Unless there's a special circumstance (extremely tiny subject or taking some more distance), common apertures I see and use is f/8, but even more common is f/11 and f/16.

        If you can't get away with that in normal daylight (no flash) because it leads to high ISO or a slow shutter speed, take some more distance, and then crop back in.

        A simpler version: almost every field macrophotographer I see (online and offline) pretty much always uses flash. f/16 is no issue then.
        Posted 3 months ago
        1. Ferdy, thank you for your kind advice. This is something I often ignore, mainly due to be in a hurry, not to miss the action! But the truth is that I really don't know this lens yet and I have to play with it a bit more. Posted 3 months ago
          1. I know that feeling very much, but should you purely be in a macro session only, here's 2 modes I commonly use:

            With flash:
            ISO64 (as low as we can since we have flash anyway)
            f/11 or f/16, sometimes f/8
            Shutter speed: don't care, in aperture priority mode, it's calculated, and mostly fast enough.

            Without flash:
            Auto ISO (I set a range of min/max that I will allow)
            f/8 or f/11, preferably f/8 with some more distance (because less light)
            Shutter speed: again calculated because its aperture priority mode.

            So in the end, in macro mode, the only thing I do when switching between subjects is to change my distance and/or aperture, which is just a single dial. That's it.
            Posted 3 months ago
            1. Thanks a lot, I shall try both very soon - at first occasion. Posted 3 months ago
  2. Stunning Jivko, love this little creatures. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thank you, Paul. Posted 3 months ago

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Asiraca clavicornis is a small cicada of the Delphacidae family.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Oct 11, 2020. Captured Sep 27, 2020 07:58 in bul. "Gotse Delchev" 43, 1680 g.k. Belite brezi, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • E-M1MarkIII
  • f/4.0
  • 1/400s
  • ISO2000
  • 30mm