Cicada, May 19, 2021

This is the year of the seventeen year cicada. While I’ve been seeing lots of holes in the ground from where they’ve been tunneling themselves out to freedom, save one exoskeleton, I’ve seen no live cicada, until today.

Note that he still has a little bit of dirt on his back and wings from his recent ordeal.
Another angle. Smile!
I came across this exoskeleton the other day. I suspect that they must molt fairly soon after emerging from the ground.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

6 thoughts on “Cicada, May 19, 2021

    1. Ha! I think they are beautiful! And really quite amazing how they lie dormant for years and years and then by some secret inner clock, they emerge from deep in the ground. 😺

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