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May 18, 2013

Photos of a Brood II Magicicada from Madison, NC.

Filed under: Brood II,Magicicada,Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:48 am

These photos of a Magicicada undergoing ecdysis (moulting) in Madison, NC are by photographer Heather James.

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Molting cicada in Madison, NC by Heather James

The “white strings” connecting the teneral (soft) adult cicada to its exuvia (shell, skin) are the old lining of the cicada’s trachea (the tubes through which it breathed).


Molting cicada in Madison, NC by Heather James

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