Metamorphosing cicada

Metamorphosing cicada

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Caption: Metamorphosing cicada (family Cicadidae). The cicada larva lives in burrows in the ground, sucking juice from plant roots. Once it is mature, the larva makes its way from its burrow, climbs up a plant stem and begins to shed its skin.

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