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April 7, 2011

Magicicada nymph 12 day transformation before final molt!

Filed under: Magicicada — Dan @ 7:16 pm

Roy Troutman provided this video featuring a Magicicada nymph 12 day transformation before final molt. It’s an excellent view of what nymphs look like right before they emerge from the ground and become adults.

Magicicada nymph 12 day transformation before final molt! from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.


  1. jake readnour says:

    do theese feed on roots during this 12 day trasformation peroid? i am conducting this test at home in warmer soil with no roots

    1. Dan says:

      I’m not sure, but they’re probably concentrating on the transformation, so slaking their thirst would probably not be so important.

  2. Nancy Galyan says:

    Only God could have conceived and enacted this amazing phenomena of the 13 year cicada. Our trees are full of sound. I can remember collecting the shells 60 years ago as my grandchildren will do this year. Great video Mr. Roy Troutman. Thanks.

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