Cicada Molting




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Published on Sep 17, 2011

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This is a Tibicen Cicada. It lives underground for 2-5 years before coming up and giving us the show you see here.

Cicadas may live underground as nymphs for as long as 17 years. The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging. In the final nymphal stages, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. We were lucky enough to witness this event and wanted to share it.

Music by Lasse Gjertsen


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