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molted exoskeleton, cicada


The shed molted husk (exuviae) of a cicada, species unknown.


Spotted on the boundary fence separating a large semi-urban yard and garden from an adjacent disturbed patch of remnant forest.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Well I of course thought of that first (I have four such spottings including ) but I thought the present spotting looked a bit different, as if it had mouthparts/antennae that looked beetle-like. I guess it is just another variety of cicada if beetles do not molt in this fashion :-)

ForestDragon 10 years ago

This looks like a Cicada exuviae. I love finding these! However, this would change this to a True Bug and not a Beetle. :)

Scott Frazier
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Spotted on Dec 8, 2012
Submitted on Feb 19, 2013

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