Gains and Losses

Cicada exoskeletons mixed with undeveloped cicada nymphs under a tree. Not all cicada nymphs reach their adult stage. The adult cicada near the top of the image on the tree was not able to develop its wings properly. Click in the image for a larger view.

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Emergence

Adult cicada holding onto its exoskeleton while its wings develop. This is a critical stage in its development as the wings are easily deformed if they contact another object. The color of the adult will darken to black after this. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Metamorphosis

A small security light illuminates the nocturnal emergence of a cicada from its underground-living shell to its new flying and tree-dwelling form. Click on the image for a larger view.