Discarded Cicada Exoskeleton

Shell of a recent cicada molt hanging from a limb. While some are periodic species and spend many years underground before emerging, others are annual cicadas, often called Dog Day Cicadas. After emerging they attach themselves to a branch or twig and molt into an adult.

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  • snowinglightly 3y

    Superb details.
    This one seems to have somehow escaped his prior skin without damaging it. It appears to be totally intact! That's truly amazing!
  • Richard Ingram 3y

    snowinglightly They just split the back and crawl out. I've seen several like this, just hanging on a twig or branch, and at one point, saw one hanging on a fence post.
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Taken on July 9, 2012
  • 90mm f/2.8
  • ƒ/3.5
  • 89.8 mm
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