Metamorphosis of the greengrocer cicada

Metamorphosis of the greengrocer cicada

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Caption: Greengrocer cicada metamorphosis. Metamorphosis of the greengrocer cicada, Cyclochila australasiae. The adult form is emerging, leaving the brown, larval skin behind. The cicada larva lives in burrows in the ground, sucking juice from the roots. Once it is mature, the larva makes its way from its burrow, climbs up the trunk of a tree and begins to shed its skin. Initially, the newly emerged adult is quite pale and soft and is very vulnerable to predators until its skin hardens.

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Keywords: animal, cicada, cyclochilla australasiae, greengrocer, greengrocer cicada, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, metamorph, metamorphosis, nature, wildlife, zoology

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