Cicada

LauraBroussard

Austin, United States

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This is the exoskeleton of a Cicada.

After the long 2 – 17 years, cicadas emerge from the ground as nymphs. Nymphs climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their nymph exoskeleton. Free of their old skin, their wings can inflate with fluid and their new skin can harden. Once their new wings and body are ready, they can begin their brief adult life.

Adult cicadas, also called imagoes, spend their time in trees looking for a mate. Males sing, females respond, mating begins, and the cycle of life begins again.

I know this may look a little ugly, but, the beauty lies in the dirt…. for up to 17 years, till this little creature emerges !!!

You can see the dirt clinging to his exoskeleton.

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