(Adult cicada soon after shedding its nymphal skin.)
The cicadas continue to emerge from the earth. Every morning, I find new ones basking in the morning sun, waiting until their wings expand enough to fly. Here are some images I took of newly-emerged adult cicadas. As you can see, they are quite anemic looking when they first break free of their nymphal skins, but they soon transform. In the first photo, you can see how shriveled their wings look when they first come out of their shell. In the second, the wings have expanded, but are still not ready to fly. But just hours later, they are ready to take to the sky, to begin their rather eerie serenade to find a mate.
(Newly-emerged adult cicada)
(Fully-developed adult cicada resting on my daisies)
Isn’t that an amazing transformation? If you would like to see yet more cicada shots, come back tomorrow. As you may have guessed, I took quite a few. :-) I hope you don’t mind indulging my cicada obsession for just one more day.
(And on a side note, Happy Birthday to my son Benjamin. One last year of being a teenager before he becomes an adult. :-) I love you so much, Benjamin, and am so glad you are my son.)