Emerging cicada

Emerging cicada

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Caption: Image 1 of 2. Emerging cicada. Adult cicada emerging from its larval case (brown, centre left). The insect's head is at right. The pale blue-white structures are its wings, which have yet to unfold. It has three pairs of legs and a long proboscis. Cicadas usually inhabit trees, where females lay their eggs in the wood. The nymphs fall to the ground after hatching and bury underground to feed on juices from plant roots. They emerge as adults after a period of several years. Cicadas are best known for producing a loud sound by rubbing two membranes together, a process called stridulation. For an image of the same insect after its wings have opened, see Z295/242.

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Keywords: adult, animal, cicada, cicadidae, emergence, emerging, homoptera, homopteran, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larval skin, life cycle, metamorphosis, nature, true bug, wildlife, wing, winged, wings, zoology

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