This is a Northern dusk singing cicada in its teneral stage; it was just emerging from its old, pupal exoskeleton and beginning life as a full-blown, kick-butt, adult imago cicada. An added bonus: now it can procreate (and then die). Cicadas are often much lighter in tone and color during the teneral phase. During their first few hours outside of their pupal exoskeleton, the new exoskeleton is quite soft and slowly hardens. As it hardens, the colors tend to also darken. The photographs here were taken between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. [jansonjones http://dusttracks.com]
Here is a spotting of an old adult Tibicen auletes -- photographed the day prior: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/114....
Lat: 30.91, Long: -83.26
Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
Submitted on Jun 19, 2012
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