Thursday, August 21, 2008


Cicadas are emerging from their years underground and are metamorphosing. We found this one on a tree in the yard this morning. They're singing as I write this.

The first photo shows the wrinkled wings as it first leaves its old exoskeleton.

The second photo, taken about an hour later shows its filled-out wings, with the empty shell of its nymph form left behind.

Michigan has 10 species of cicadas and I think this is one of the common Tibicen species, not the infrequent, but more famous, 17-year cicadas.

1 comment:

Marguerite said...

Great pictures.

With all the noise cicadas make, I've always wondered why the birds don't zone in on them and eat them all up.