Brood II Magicicada from Edison, New Jersey (2013).
A mess of Magicicada exuvia and corpses at the foot of a tree in Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ:
David Rothenberg, John Cooley, Asher Jay and others looking for cicadas in Roosevelt Park:
Magicicada septendecim laying eggs _ovipositing_ in Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ:
Magicicada septendecim laying eggs ovipositing in Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ:
Magicicada septendecim with Massospora fungus found at the Edison Memorial Tower Park in Edison NJ:
Many Magicicada emergence holes in Edison Memorial Tower park in Edison NJ:
Mating Magicicada in Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ:
Mating Magicicada in Roosevelt Park NJ:
Mirror Image – Edison Memorial Tower Park:
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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.
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
Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org) in Warriors’ Path State Park, TN, in 2012. Brood I.
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Cicada Nymph Exoskeleton (skin, “shell”, exuvia) by Andrea from 2005.
I believe this is from a Neotibicen (United States).
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)).
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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.
Tibicen moulting by blackpawphoto ( YouTube Link):
Here is a video of a Japanese cicada,
the Terpnosia nigricosta, moulting by AntoSan09 ( YouTube Link):
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An excellent photo found on Flickr.
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Another sweet cicada photo has emerged on Flickr
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Joe Balynas sent us this picture of a mass of cicada exuvia (aka shells, skins, crisps). Make sure you click the image for the awesome larger version.
See all Joe’s Magicicada photos.