Cicada

by Stephanie Hyde August. 09, 2016 269 views

I didn't know much about cicada's except that a summer evening wouldn't be a summer evening without the sounds from the cicadas.  Driving into my garage I noticed this little guy hanging out on my house. I had never seen one and really had no idea what this was at first glance.  Even stranger there was a shell of something hanging on the wall close by.  

It's great when nature brings a mystery right to you.  I snapped a few shots and then got right to google-ing.  Ain't technology grand?!  

Cicadas are insects belonging to the group that includes leafhoppers, spittle bugs, and jumping plant lice.  I love to garden and I have done battle with the likes of these types before....they suck fluids from plants.  

After hatching from eggs cicadas burrow underground between 2-17 years (wonder how they decide if they want to stay only 2 or as many as 17 years?).  Once they emerge from the ground as a nymph they climb to the nearest tree (or piece of wood on a garage, lol)  and begin to shed their exoskeleton...like the movie Alien!  Free of the skin their wings inflate with fluid and their adult skin hardens.  

This guy must have just come out as he was a pretty green color. He was still there a few hours later and his skin was already darkening into more of a black color.  Wish I had taken another picture to compare the difference.

Mystery solved of the exoskeleton hanging on my garage with an even weirder looking "bug" close by.  Nature is so cool!

Reminds me of an evil Slimer from Ghostbusters

Exoskeleton

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 11 months ago

Excellent post! Educational & nice camera work! When they fly from one place to another, they emit this high pitched screech....I've had one land right on my head!!!

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Stephanie Hyde Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 11 months ago

Eeeek! I used my old school close up filters and was afraid to get close to it. I could've gotten better focus if I had the camera against my face, lol. That would have give me a heart attack if it had flown at me.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 11 months ago

They are harmless, but the noise is quite frightening when they're coming right at you....One of my dogs used to like to catch them & hold them in his mouth gently while they made the loud buzzing noise. He would always come to show me, because he seemed to enjoy watching me laugh!!! A dog joke...no doubt...

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