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Cicada nymphs live underground and feed on the sap of tree and shrub roots, which can last anywhere from 1 to 17 years depending on the species. When they approach maturity, they dig to the surface using their claw-like front feet and molt into winged adults, leaving the exoskeleton behind.
Approximately 1.25" long. Observed in a deciduous woodland area.
Spotted on Jul 31, 2012
Submitted on Aug 3, 2012