|After several years as a subterranean juvenile, a Tibicen species Cicada molts to its adult stage|
Kiri has been finding a lot of cool stuff lately! Two nights ago she found this Dog-day cicada molting - I had never caught one in the act before. After several years feeding on the roots of the sycamore tree behind our house, the cicada climbed up from the soil, and shed its nymphal skin.
|Fluid is pumped into the insects wings, which then harden for flight|