My Video Of A Cicada Molting

By | August 14, 2013

I have checked the trees in my area for a couple of weeks hoping to find a Cicada that just came out of the ground and that had not shed its skin yet. This past weekend I finally got lucky and found one to photograph and video. The problem was that this one decided to arrive late in the evening. I was afraid that I would not have enough light. I was able to get most of the Cicada emerging from the shell but it fell off of the tree and I was not able to capture all of it.

A Cicada Molting Photo

A Cicada Molting Here In Arkansas

A Cicada Molting Photo

Cicada Facts

Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 centimetres (0.98 ft) down to 2.5 metres (8.2 ft). The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.

In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The exuvia, or abandoned exoskeleton, remains, still clinging to the bark of trees. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “My Video Of A Cicada Molting

  1. Maria Rosa

    It has been awhile since I’ve seen a cicada molting. This video is great. I love the combination of your awesome close up photos with the videos.