Cicada Mania

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March 1, 2020

Okanagana rimosa exuvia photos by Elias Bonaros

Filed under: Elias Bonaros | Exuvia | Okanagana | Tibicinini — Tags: — Dan @ 9:45 am

Okanagana rimosa exuvia (skins, shells) photos by Elias Bonaros. From 2010, I believe.

Note the dark lines on the abdomen — that’s an easy way to distinguish Okanagana exuvia from other types of cicadas.

Side view

dorsal view

February 29, 2020

Magicicada skins blanket the ground around the roots of a tree

Filed under: Brood I | Exuvia | John Cooley | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 12:25 pm

Magicicada skins (exuvia) blanket the ground around the roots of a tree. This is a photo of periodical cicada skins taken by John Cooley of Magicicada.org in Warriors’ Path State Park, TN, in 2012. Brood I.

2012 Tennessee photo by John Cooley

Cicada Nymph Exuvia by Andrea from 2005

Filed under: Exuvia | Neotibicen — Dan @ 9:24 am

Cicada Nymph Exoskeleton (skin, “shell”, exuvia) by Andrea from 2005.

I believe this is from a Neotibicen (United States).

Cicada Nymph Exoskeleton (skin, "shell", exuvia) by Andrea from 2005.

Cicada Nymph Exoskeleton (skin, "shell", exuvia) by Andrea from 2005.

Cicada Nymph Exoskeleton (skin, "shell", exuvia) by Andrea from 2005.

September 3, 2015

Big and Small: *tibicen exuvia

Filed under: Exuvia | Megatibicen | Neotibicen — Dan @ 5:34 am

Big and Small

A photo of a Megatibicen auletes compared to a smaller Neotibicen exuvia (I believe it is an N. canicularis based on the time of year and location (mid-New Jersey)).

March 28, 2013

Videos of cicadas molting

Filed under: Exuvia | Video — Dan @ 6:57 pm

When a cicada sheds its nymphal skin, revealing its adult form, we call it ecdysis. You probably call it molting, and that’s just fine.

Here are a bunch of videos of cicadas moulting:

Here is a Magicicada nymph molting (the 17-year variety) by Roy Troutman:

Magicicada nymph molting from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.

Annual cicada molting to an adult by Roy:

Annual cicada molting to an adult from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.

Here is Tibicen moulting by blackpawphoto (YouTube Link):

Here is a video of a Japanese cicada, the Terpnosia nigricosta, moulting by AntoSan09 (YouTube Link):

July 3, 2008

A look back at Brood XIV: Leaves w/Cicadas

Filed under: Brood XIV | Exuvia — Dan @ 7:54 am


Leaves w/Cicadas, originally uploaded by dcfox.

An excellent photo found on Flickr.

May 18, 2008

Cicadas are popping out all over the place!

Filed under: Exuvia — Dan @ 6:17 am

Another sweet cicada photo has emerged on Flickr