An adult Cicada emerging from its nymph skin

DigitallyStill

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An adult Cicada emerging from its nymph skin
Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives. These nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging. In its final nymphal instar stage, this Cicada constructed an exit tunnel to the surface and climbed up a tree trunk where it clung onto the tree bark as it molted/shed its skin and climbed out of its shell. It emerged as an adult as it split the skin and exited. It hung onto its instar skin as it pumped fluids into its wings and until it was ready to fly. The exuvia or abandoned exoskeleton remained clinging to the tree.

This photo has been rotated and cropped from portrait to landscape. It is a photo of the Cicada after it crawled up a tree trunk as a nymph. This photo depicts the Cicada still hanging on to its nymph shell where it hung until its wings unfurled as it pumped fluids in them. Within ten minutes, this mature Cicada took flight.

In this photo you can note that the wings are not quite “dark green” or yet ready for flight.

Luck be it, I shot this in macro. ;)

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