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