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exoskeleton

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 28 July 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives (apparently 7 years for the Japanese ones), at depths ranging from about 30 centimetres (0.98 ft) down to 2.5 metres (8.2 ft). The nymphs feed on xylem sap from roots and have strong front legs for digging.
In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then moult (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The exuvia, or abandoned exoskeleton, remains, still clinging to walls or the bark of trees.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/80 second F/5.0 ISO 320 100 mm

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Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Stunning capture !

28 Jul 2015 11:14am

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

American varieties live underground for as much as 17 years.

28 Jul 2015 4:51pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot! I remember finding these on trees on the farm as a child. I thought they were fascinating then and still do. The Japanese Cicadas have a different "song" than those of the Mid-West, USA. as I remember.

29 Jul 2015 2:28am

@Steve Rice: Thx Steve, right now they're creating a cacophony outside my window!

L'angevine from Angers, France

génial

29 Jul 2015 7:50am