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Cicada - SFIWC 2005


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The last nymphal instar emerges from the ground and climbs the nearest tree or often vertical surface and fastens its claws into the surface.

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The skin splits and the adult insect appears. The red eyes immediately identify this cicada as a periodical.

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shows the developing wings. Note the friendly harvestman on the leaf above the cicadas.

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another cicada nymph’s skin begins to split at the head capsule as harvestman attacks

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harvestman feeding on cicada

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The adult insect hangs on it’s cast skin. Its wings open and the exoskeleton hardens.

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The fully developed adult, ready to fly and find a mate.