Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cicada in Green-Wood

So the cicada nymph, after 3-5 years underground sucking on tree roots, emerges and crawls up a tree. There it latches on.
And the cicada we know, with it's long wings, emerges from the nymph, splitting the exoskeleton down the back. The emergent adult continues up the tree, seaching for a mate. It does not eat, and lives only about a month.
OHS isn't happy to see this on the dinner table...

1 comment:

Brenda from Flatbush said...

I find the shells weirdly lovely, like some alien probe droid. (And there have been worse things on our dinner table.)