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Cicada molting

We went to my parents' house for dinner, & on the way into the house I went to check my mom's iris bed I've been taking care of. Found this cicada hatching. The subterranean larva (the form in which it spends the vast majority of its life cycle) has crawled out of the ground (which probably means the little so-and-so was eating my iris bulbs) and clamped on to the iris stem (they clamp on so tight we find the empty shells hanging onto our tree for weeks afterwards), and the winged adult is hatching through a crack in the back of the shell. Photo series:


1) Almost out <-- you are here

2) Just emerged

3) Almost ready to fly (2.75 hr later)


I had no idea how many different kinds of cicadas there are! Aha: think I finally have an ID on this one -- here's a teneral photo on BugGuide; it says the green eyes plus green pronotum are diagnostic:

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Taken on July 3, 2006