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Tibicen pronotalis (?)
I watched the entire molting process as it occurred over a period of around two hours. After having positioned itself slightly above the ground on a log, a vibrant green head began to emerge, slowly, from the organism's distastefully brown exoskeleton. Soon, it was completely free of its old "skin", and I watched as it uncurled its wings, in preparation for what it had been waiting for all those years underground - its chance to mate. Truly a wonderful sight.
In the swamps of Louisiana. In particular, this one was found alongside a slow-moving river, crawling toward a fallen limb so as to begin the molting process.
It was quite vulnerable to ant attack while molting, thus I had to stand guard and assure that things went according to the insect's little plan. It did not produce the distinct cicada sound, but perhaps that would take place later, for I had to continue down the river via kayak shortly after the exoskeleton was shed. Here is a good example of the molting process: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cicada...