Cicada Invasion 2013: Watch Amazing Time-Lapse Footage Of 17-Year Cicadas [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on May 28, 2013 5:23 PM EDT

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A documentary from filmmaker Samuel Orr shows amazing time-lapse footage of the 17-year cicada lifecycle. (Photo: Vimeo/Screenshot)

The cicada invasion of 2013 is upon us, and one documentary filmmaker has set out to capture the life cycle of the globular, bulbous-eyed arthropod in an up-close-and-personal approach.

Called "Return of the Cicadas," Samuel Orr's film highlights the cicada's 17-year lifespan from birth to death. The film includes time-lapse footage of the changing seasons. He also shot the cicadas at every stage of their lives, like when they break through and shed their exoskeletons.

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According to his Vimeo profile, Orr began filming for the project in 2007. He is funding his cicada documentary through Kickstarter, a website that lets you donate to people's creative endeavors and track the progress of their projects.

"They've been waiting 17 years under the trees and beneath our feet," a preview for the documentary on Orr's Vimeo page begins. "But on a warm spring night, their wait comes to an end."

Watch a preview of Orr's cicada documentary here:

Return of the Cicadas from motionkicker on Vimeo.

You can visit Samuel Orr's Kickstarter page for his documentary, "Return of the Cicadas," here.

Read more from iScience Times:

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