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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cicada emerging

Cicada females lay their eggs in the ground and it takes between 8-10 years for it to pupate. When they finally emerge, they crawl up a tree and then the cicada hatches but this is normally done at night and all that is left in the morning is the empty skin. I was lucky enough to catch this one in the process. The males use a membrane in their stomachs to make that constant noise one hears.

1 comment:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Fantastic photo Joan, well done. I am amazed that it takes 8 to 10 years to pupate. Interesting. Take care Diane