Apr 8, 2008

Molting Cicada

Enjoy this time lapse of a cicada shedding the skin of its youth and emerging as a bigger, winged bug.
Thanks for the link, Ida.
Source: Wikimedia.org

10 comments:

booge said...

Yes! I want in in 3D!

Raging Wombat said...

That's easy, booge. Just find yourself a cicada larvae that's about to molt. 3D and live.

kyrraven said...

The wings are a lovely green. It looks so weird as it bursts out of it's old skin... time lapse photography is neat!

booge said...

Oh, Lordy Loo NO. I lived in DC/Maryland last year (West Coaster by birth) and these things are disgusting. Loud, stupid, messy, bumbling, clingy, shitting. They fly and land like they're drunk. No, I prefer the sanitized version, thanks.

Denita TwoDragons said...

I fully expect someone to turn this into a moving Gravatar any minute now...

This brings back memories of a massive emergence that happened in St. Louis, right as I was on a two-week visit to my Grandma's. We went to visit friends of my Dad's, and the trees in Festus were layered three-deep in molting cicadas and shed skins. And good grief, the NOISE!

--TwoDragons

bats :[ said...

I agree, kyrraven -- the green wings are beautiful. It seems that that's the green you only see for a day when the mesquite trees here in southern AZ finally "leaf out."

Natale said...

EEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW! totally alien, bursting-out-of-chest nasty. okay, back, but whatever still unspeakably disgusting.

About said...

Wow that's just amazing! Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

This is so amazing!

Syera said...

It's so... so... cute! Just look at those big eyes!