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Old 07-29-2017, 10:37 AM   #1
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I spotted this cicada exoskeleton still clinging to a blade of grass in the strip of meadow that I added last year.

I definitely think biodiversity is increasing here. ~smile~

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That exoskeleton must be really soft and pliable when the cicada exits. Getting those tiny legs, claws and eyes out of that shell without damaging them is quite a feat.
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That exoskeleton must be really soft and pliable when the cicada exits. Getting those tiny legs, claws and eyes out of that shell without damaging them is quite a feat.
I agree...seems pretty amazing. I've never witnessed it.

At the same time, it must be holding on tightly to that blade of grass--anchoring it to allow it to pull free of its shell...so tightly that the empty shell hasn't lost its grip.
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"Exuviae" is the actual term for the structure. The exoskeleton is still attached to the cicada.

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"Exuviae" is the actual term for the structure. The exoskeleton is still attached to the cicada.

Thank you KC.

There is always so much more to learn.
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Exuviae What a nice sounding word. Must be time...I found one yesterday myself upon a milkweed stem. Like you say, It was clutched pretty well.
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Exuviae What a nice sounding word. Must be time...I found one yesterday myself upon a milkweed stem. Like you say, It was clutched pretty well.
I guess it is that time. I'll have to look for more.

Cool that you found one, too.
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Grandsons been finding quite a few dragon fly Exuvias!
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That exoskeleton must be really soft and pliable when the cicada exits. Getting those tiny legs, claws and eyes out of that shell without damaging them is quite a feat.
I heard they need to struggle to get their juices flowing to their legs.
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Grandsons been finding quite a few dragon fly Exuvias!
I will have to look for those, too.

This year, I have seen three different species of dragonfly on our property!
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