On July 19, I noticed this CICADA on a branch of our young Eucalyptus tree. We just had started to make our walk over the trail through the wood garden, with our felines in tow, as usual. At times they think they're doggies... I went back to get my camera as this was a new and unusual insect to me. Than I did some research and found out about the CICADA MOLTING. Obviously that had taken place already. As much as I'd loved to see it with my own eyes. You find a photo of a Cicada molting below, as the final photo. Also a video from BBCWorldwide, with complete info.
First time ever that I got to see one this close!
Holding the Eucalyptus leave, on which it is hanging, with my fingers.
They have huge eyes...
Did you know that they do live in the ground, sucking the sap of tree roots? They stay there for up to 17 years! Than they emerge. One can tell that this one lived under ground; still dirty!
Their front legs resemble lobster claws! They're quite hairy too...
Here you can see the road and our driveway to the house.
That's the driveway and the huge magnolia tree to the left and the golden oak tree to the right.
We have green grass this summer; due to frequent showers!
Cicada molting where the adult leaves its larvae shell. They will mate and lay eggs and die... Strange life cycle. For excellent explanation on how these creatures emerge from beneath the earth, and how the cicadas emerge from the nymph shell, watch this video: Amazing Cicada life cycle - Sir David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth - BBC wildlife
Bet you didn't know this either.
Let me know if you have ever seen them.
I learned that also in Japan they do exist.