Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cicada Metamorphosis

A few nights ago, Michael found a Cicada that was still in its nymph stage. This is pretty rare, as we usually only find the skins or the adults.  Noor put her (we think it is a female because she doesn't sing) in a bug habitat and kept an eye on her.  This morning, Noor noticed some shaking and movement and realized that she was shedding her skin. Excitedly, she came to get us so we could watch too.

About 5 hours after she emerged from her shell, her color changed from white-ish and bright green to a darker molted brown.  Her exoskeleton has also hardened significantly from the time she emerged.

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