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Periodical cicadas such as this one are found in Eastern North America only. They remain buried in the soil for about seventeen years, until they mature and emerge when the soil warms.
Last night, I was out for an hour watching cicadas latch onto trees and molt. I attempted to collect and exoskeleton but lost it in the dark. As I was doing this, I repeatedly felt a crawling sensation on my shoulder and in my hair. I thought there might be an insect there and felt for one, but didn't find anything. I went home, hung up my coat and called it a night. In the morning, I looked out the window, disappointed, and didn't see any exoskeletons outside but grabbed my coat to search anyway. As I dug out my coat from the closet, I was startled by a papery whoosh. I was amazed to see a perfect exoskeleton attached to the front of my coat, properly placed like a brooch; that still didn't explain the whoosh! I was stunned to see an imago (mature insect) on the floor. Unknown to me, it completed the molting process in my house, overnight! I released it outside shortly after and snapped these photos.
Spotted on May 21, 2013
Submitted on May 23, 2013
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