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Cicada nymph

Cyclochila australasiae


After 6 or 7 years underground many of these strange nymphs simultaneously emerged for their new phase of life. Tracking one specimen revealed a green grocer cicada emerging and stretching vibrant blue/green wings. This one is a male. By morning hundreds of these insects have emerged, dried their wings and continued climbing out of reach of curious hands and eyes for their familiar summer chorus.

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MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Leuba. Many exuvia become transparent and brittle before they are discarded.

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Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

I like the colour coming through the skin before the final moult in pic 1 - another interesting spotting.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 20, 2013
Submitted on Oct 21, 2013

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