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Date Photo Taken: 07/02/2012
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: GrowitFirst

Notes:

This is creepy. At first I thought it might be a cicada but that’s not what the pictures look like on the internet

COMMENTS

  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Well you are exactly right about the cicada. Search a little farther an you’ll learn about their exoskeleton. There is even a U-tube time lapse video of the metamorphosis. Bring popcorn!

    July 2nd, 2012 at 7:31 pm
  2. Buck Unregistered says:

    This is a stage in the development of the cicada. This form emerges from the ground and crawls (very slowly) onto a tree, twig, etc., and waits. The back will split, and a cicada will emerge. It is really interesting. It thrilled my children, and I can’t wait to show it to my grandson. The dry shell is interesting for children to collect.
    Buck

    July 2nd, 2012 at 8:46 pm
  3. Louise Unregistered says:

    The “creature” in your picture is the shell of a cicada. As it grows, it periodically sheds its too-small skin. The shells can frequently be found on the bark of trees.

    July 2nd, 2012 at 11:12 pm
  4. Kirk Unregistered says:

    It is the empty husk of a cicada.

    July 3rd, 2012 at 10:04 am
  5. GrowitFirst Leaf Lover says:

    Thank you Bobby, Buck, Louise and Kirk. These are really gross. But I will watch the You Tube video. But not with popcorn – maybe with some wine. :)

    July 3rd, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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