Incredible Cicada Time-Lapse Video Makes Insects Look Beautiful!

Orr, a natural history filmmaker and time-lapse photographer, spent six years filming more than 200 hours of cicadas in various stages of their life cycles in a handful of midwestern states.

By using a series of still photos to piece together time-lapse sequences of the cicadas shedding their shells, Orr shows the oddly beautiful but ultimately tragic lives of cicadas, which live for up to 17 years underground in order to spend a brief six weeks in the open air before perishing.

The footage is set to powerful music by composer Dexter Britain.