I’ve made Christmas lights, in the past, from plastic cicada whistles from Australia.
This year I tried something new and used real cicada exuvia (skins/shells) and LED “fairie lights”, which seem to run cool enough that they won’t be a hazard to the fragile skins. They look pretty. I’m still in the testing phase, but the results so far look promising.
I made cicada Christmas lights using some LED USB Christmas lights, and some plastic cicada whistles from Australia. The song of cicadas heralds the Christmas season in many countries in the southern hemisphere like Australia.
CicadaMania Cicada Christmas Lights from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.
Here’s the whistles:
Bonus Christmas Cicada stuff:
There is a cicada nicknamed the Kobonga Christmas Clanger in Australia (thx David Marshall and Kathy Hill ):
How about a cicada Christmas Wreath? This wreath was made by Jenny Pate back in 2004.
Or a Cicada Christmas Card from Sam Orr:
An illustration I made a few years ago:
Christmas ornaments made with cicada skins?
Christmas gives me a chance to use this image of a (cartoon) cicada nymph drinking the fluids of a Christmas tree.