Discarded Cicada Exoskeleton

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    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.

    1. snowinglightly 33 months ago | reply

      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!

    2. Richard Ingram/Hawkman Photography.com 33 months ago | reply

      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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