Cicadas In Our Yard (Part Two) – A Molt
I discovered a cicada almost molted, but having trouble on a windy day.
He was hanging upside down being blown in the wind and unable to reach the tree. So, yes, I intervened.
A little lift from me and he grabbed the tree and immediately pulled free of his exoskeleton. Notice how tiny and wrinkled his wings are.
15 minutes later and his wings had more than doubled as the body fluids were pumped in to fill them out.
At the half hour mark, the wings are nearly straight.
45 minutes later.
From the side. Notice how the abdomen is beginning to color.
1 hour 15 minutes. Wings are now folded and straight and the abdomen is getting much darker.
1 hour, 30 minutes – the entire body is beginning to darken.
3 hours. Notice the lacing in his wings is darkening well. Unfortunately, the next time I came out to take a picture, he had begun his climb to the top of the tree and was too far up for my camera. He would have looked like this next guy…
on his way to the top.
If you want more in-depth information here are two sites I really like: Magicicada and Cicada Mania. Cicada Mania even has t-shirts and mugs for sale for the cicada enthusiast.