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Molting Cicada 2 by melvynyeo Molting Cicada 2 by melvynyeo
This little guy drop to the ground while molting halfway. Lucky it was able to molt healthily.
Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 cm (1 ft) down to 2.5 m (about 8.5 ft). The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.
In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults.
The adult insect, known as an imago, is usually 2 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in) long, although some tropical species can reach 15 cm (6 in), e.g. Pomponia imperatoria from Malaysia. Cicadas have prominent eyes set wide apart on the sides of the head, short antennae protruding between or in front of the eyes, and membranous front wings. Also, commonly overlooked, cicadas have three small eyes, or ocelli, located on the top of the head between the two large eyes that match the colour of the large eyes.

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Samanth406 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kinda cute!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Thanks! :)
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