A Molting Cicada

From Seth Kanne comes a stop-motion video of a molting cicada.

From Kanne:

“Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives. 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 abandoned skins remain, still clinging to the bark of trees.”

A Molting Cicada from seth kanne on Vimeo.

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