Cicadas are beautiful, incredible insects, and the East Coast recently saw billions of the red-eyed creatures emerge after a 17-year hibernation. For most of their lives, cicadas live underground as nymphs, but eventually they climb to the surface and shed their skins. You'll often see their exoskeletons stuck to tree branches. After mating and burying their eggs in a branch, they go about their short lives and eventually die.
One filmmaker, Samuel Orr, has captured rare footage of cicadas during their life cycle, shot over six years. He's searching to fund his one-hour documentary through Kickstarter. When completed, the film will broadcast on PBS in 2014. If Orr's movie looks anything like the eight-minute preview we've embedded for you below, we're in for a treat. Even if you're not into science docs or nature stuff, there's no denying cicadas are a truly unique species worthy of much attention.
Visit Orr's Kickstarter page to learn more about Return of the Cicadas and find out how you can contribute.