cicada, empty shell

Cicada, empty shell . . . (Magicicada septendecim)  Native to North America.
Also known as the Seventeen-year Locust. This is an incredibly noisy and strange
creature! (Photograph has been rotated 90 degrees to the left for better viewing.)
The adult cicadas live but a short prairie summer. The larvae, when hatched, enter
the ground and remain there for 17 years feeding on the juices of roots. They then
hatch as a light brown (pictured above) grub, without developed wings of any kind.
They nest then without a cocoon, in their own skin. The skins (again, pictured above)
then split open on the back, and can be found hanging on the sides of trees.


(Photograph was made Saturday, the 31st of August, 2002)

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