Freshly Molted Cicada

Earlier today I found this cicada that had just molted. I find their shells around the yard fairly often, still stuck to tree branches or fences. This one I found just a bit after it had finished emerging. Later in the day, it had moved up on the pole, but I am guessing wasn’t ready to fly yet.

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I liked the detail on its wings. I have never seen a big emergence of them where they get hundreds of thousands coming out at once. They have even been known to reach a population density of 1.5 million per acre. But, some other species and populations emerge every summer, and their iconic buzzing sounds can be heard from treetops all around.

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