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cicada husk


The shed husk or molted exoskeleton of an emergent cicada (species unknown). Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 cm down to 2.5 m. The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging. In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The abandoned exoskeleton remains, still clinging to the bark of trees.


Spotted in a large semi-urban yard and garden adjacent to a disturbed patch of remnant forest.

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Cicada shell

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Yes thank you, as in the description. Appreciate the suggestion although not really necessary if suggesting the same thing as the existing ID :-)

boromphillips 10 years ago

Cicada shell. Cicadas climb up a tree, hang on, then shrug out as bigger "bugs".

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Feb 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2012

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