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Coming out of his shell [Explored]

I caught a cicada molting, something I've never gotten to watch before. This is the "coming of age" to a cicada, the step into adulthood. They spend most of their lives underground as a nymph (at depths from 1 to 8 feet according to Wikipedia), then dig their way out to shed the exoskeleton, emerging as an adult. A true wonder of nature...

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Taken on July 20, 2012