Periodical Cicadas - Alex Wild Photography
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Magicicada

Magicicada

After 17 years underground, a brood III periodical cicada crawls up a twig and sheds her last immature skin to emerge as a winged adult. The white filaments are the old lining to the insect's tracheae, or breathing tubes, which are shed along with the rest of the exoskeleton. Panther Creek State Conservation Area, Illinois, USA.

MetamorphosisemergenceexoskeletoneclosionCicadidaeHemipteracuticle