Emergence

On Saturday, your correspondent stumbled upon a cicada emerging from its larval husk.
The folded forewing has sprung from the exoskeleton, but the hindwing remains inside. The left hindwing, on the other side, was free soon enough, but this right one would remain inside the tight confines of the husk for the entire time.
From below. This occurred about four feet up from the road, the tree coming out of a steep bank. I counted a dozen other exuviae on the trunk or on the ground around this linden, a record number at one tree (by my count).
Right forewing uncurling.
The wings were very soft. The breeze made them flap about like streamers. You can see the right hindwing still folded up here.
From when I spotted it to final breakout, it took about an hour and a half, late morning into the afternoon. This is typically a nocturnal process: they’re utterly vulnerable to predators when they’re struggling, and all soft and juicy, too.
Just before the fall… because when you’re perpendicular to a tree, there are only so many places to go when you let go….
Hard to see the exuvia, but it is just to the right of center close to the top. The fresh green bug fell about three feet, bouncing a bit, but managed to stay on the tree trunk. It slowly turned around to point up and parked itself that way.
The right hindwing was still crumpled when I left. This one needed to harden off, stiffen the wings by pumping fluid into them, and start to take on their darker, mature colors.

3 Responses to “Emergence”


  1. 1 Michele Dreger August 28, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Have I told you lately that I love your blog. Thank you!


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