MAGICICADA ECDYSIS

The following galleries were taken over the course of several years and consist primarily of Brood's V & X in Northern and Southern Ohio.

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Magicicada Ecdysis

Nymph climbing tree trunk. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The exoskeleton splits down the back. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The cicada begins contraction movements. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The cicada slowly begins to emerge from its skin. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The cicada's head emerges from its old skin. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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With further contractions, the cicada continues to pull itself free. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The cicada manages to free its upper body. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The cicada takes a short rest. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This process is exhausting work. Their new skin is white and frail. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Still dangling, the cicada is in a highly vulnerable state. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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After resting, the cicada begins to pull itself upward. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Clutching its cast skin, the cicada begins to pull its abdomen free. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Once free, the cicada either clutches its old skin or another support. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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With more slight contractions, blood is pumped into the wings. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The morning sun warms their bodies.

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As the blood flows, its wings unfold and slowly expand. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Still clinging to the tree, the wings continue to expand further. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The wings continue their expansion. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Note the black spots behind the eyes. This is believed to a deterrent against predators. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Almost there! The wings are now the length of its body. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The wings are nearly fully expanded. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This entire process can take nearly an hour or more. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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The wings are fully expanded. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cicadas begin to emerge during the late evening hours and will continue to do so sometimes till late morning. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Despite their helplessness, they are quite striking during this stage. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Fully expanded wings requires more rest. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Once fully expanded, the wings will slowly harden and form their final shape. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Note how the hardening wings begin to fold roof-like over their back. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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With the wings in proper position, the remainder of the body begins to harden. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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As the body hardens, the new adult exoskeleton begins to change color and darken. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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It will be several more hours before their adult bodies completely harden and finish darkening. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Hours later, the adult cicada takes its final form. However, it may still be several days before it can fly, leaving its old skin "exuviae" behind. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A pair of cicadas freed from their old exoskeletons. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A newly emerged adult cicada clinging to its exuviae. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Newly emerged adult resting on its exuviae. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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During a mass emergence, old cast skins are discarded and gather at the base of their host trees. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cicadas will often overcrowd themselves while competing for available space during a large emergence. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Columbus Franklin County, Ohio

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Here is a mature nymph that has failed to shed its final skin and will die. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This adult has failed to emerge from its old exoskeleton completely and has become trapped. Eventually the poor creature will die. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Adults will gather by the thousands after casting their old skins. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This cicada has failed to free itself from its old skin and awaiting death to come. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Numerous cast skins remain clinging to the leaves of trees long after the adults had departed. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This adult male's wings had failed to expand properly after leaving its cast skin behind. He will never fly and is an easy target for a predator. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Many crippled individuals gather at the foot of a tree after failing to expand their wings properly during their final molt. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Empty cicada "shells" exuviae clinging to a tree trunk. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A few handicap individuals clinging to a tree trunk. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Crippled adults sitting near the base of a tree. Causes for this is often overcrowding during emergence. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cast skin clinging to a leaf. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A newly emerged adult clings to its old shell. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Several newly emerged adults successfully casting off their old skins and expanding their wings. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Newly emerged cicadas on a tree trunk. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Overcrowded cicadas on the side of a tree. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cicadas of three, let them be.... Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Newly emerged adults enjoying the morning sunlight. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Adult cicadas waiting for their bodies to become hard and darkened. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Handsome creatures basking in the morning sun. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Example of overcrowded cicadas with crippled wings. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Newly emerged cicada rests while another is still removing its old skin. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cicada has its wing trapped in its old husk and will eventually die. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This poor adult cicada became trapped during its final molt and awaits death. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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As the emergence and overcrowded conditions increase, piles of the dead and dying continue to gather at the base of their host trees. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Trees become covered quickly during a mass emergence. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Thousands of individual cling to the tree branches and trunks. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Newly emerged cicadas dangle like Christmas lights while hanging from the trees. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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As much as 40,000 individuals can emerge from under a single tree! Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Columbus Franklin County, Ohio

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The branches of nearby bushes and weeds will often bend under the weight of hundreds/thousands of emerging individuals. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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These nymphs are looking for space to shed their skin. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A difference time makes. A new white adult compared to an older darkened one. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This adult is resting. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Another trapped individual. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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This adult's wings did not expand properly and will be deformed and unable to fly. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A branch is drooping under the weight of numerous cicadas. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A newly emerged nymph slowly climbs up a tree. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This nymph reached the end of a branch. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Satisfied, the process begins as the outer skin splits down the back. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Contraction-like movements begin as the back opening widens. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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As the back opens wider, the new adult starts to free itself. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Newly white exoskeleton becomes more and more visible. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The new pale body becomes visible when the back of the old skin splits apart. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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With continued effort, the thorax and head begin to reveal itself. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The head is freed! Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The nymph continues its contractions as more of its body frees itself. Note the wing pads. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The nymph continues as more of its body is pulled free. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This particular individual is surrounded by numerous other vacant shells. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Nearly completely free, the nymph leans back to rest. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This is tiring work for a cicada. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Note the string-like objects inside the old husk. These are what the insect had used to breath. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The dark spots behind the head is believed to be a predator deterrent. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The wings pads begin to fan out shortly after being freed from the shell. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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After having rested, the cicada begins to sit up. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This is similar to an abdominal crunch exercise. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The cicada begins reaching for a support to help steady itself. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Its shell remains sturdy and fastened to the tree as the process continues. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This is a very vulnerable time for a cicada for the animal is weak and helpless.

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The cicada grips its shell. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Gripping its shell, the cicada begins to pull itself free completely. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The cicada is finally able to pull itself free. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Once freed, the cicada can rest a moment. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The cicada begins pumping blood into its wings for them to expand. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Positioned beside its shell, the wings begin to extend themselves. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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After several minutes, the wings unfold to the length of its body. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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As apparent by this image, conditions during an emergence can be quite crowded. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This cicada remains dangling by its shell while its wings finish their expansion. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The wings extend past the abdomen once fully extended. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Two cicadas at different stages of eclosure. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Cicadas look brilliant during this stage. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The morning sun warms the cicada's body with its newly formed wings. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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With further resting, the cicadas wings begin to harden and take their final shape. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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After a few hours, the rest of the cicada's body begins to also harden and change color. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The whole process can take several hours. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The final product after 17 years in the making! Photograph taken 1999 - Mohican State Park Ashland County, Ohio

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Within a few days, the cicada will be strong enough to fly and gather by the millions in the neighboring trees! Photograph taken 1999 - Mohican State Park Ashland County, Ohio

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A cicada that failed to cast off its final skin. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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So close, yet so far. This cicada didn't quite complete its final molt. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Yet another doomed cicada. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This individual never even began to molt and now never will. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Note the final adult coloration trapped under the nymphal exoskeleton. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada rests in the sunlight. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Due to overcrowded conditions, some early emerged cicadas will fall victim to those that emerge after who accidentally disturb them and thus disrupt their eclosure. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This cicada has fresh wrinkled wings that will soon harden and become smooth. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Wings nearing their final position. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Not long later, the wings look almost perfect! Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A new adult at rest. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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At last, the wings begin to harden as does the rest of the body that also darkens. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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The wings pads are noticeable as this adult slowing exits its exuviae. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This cicada is leaving its old shell with another another cicada doing the same thing a few inches away. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada emerges under the cover of night. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada stretching its legs while resting. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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It's a boy! Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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This cicada choose a thin twig as its support. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada preparing to sit up. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada doing a sit up. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada freeing itself from its shell. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada dangles after freeing itself from its husk. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Wings formed and hardening over its back. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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An adult rests while its wings take form. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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An unfortunate cicada with crippled wings rests beside a cicada with perfect wings. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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Another newly emerged cicada clinging to its old self. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A fresh adult cicada. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A newly emerged adult clinging to its exuviae. Photograph taken 1999 - Brood V Findley State Park Lorain County, Ohio

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A cicada just beginning to molt. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cicada at rest while molting its skin. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Still resting. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cicada preparing to free itself from its shell. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cicada expanding its new wings. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Note these cicadas are minutes apart while removing themselves from their old shells. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Several cicadas molting at once and in close proximity to one another. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cicada rests while its frail wings are blown gently in a light breeze. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A cicada resting while dangling. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cicadas in the process of eclosure. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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A new adult rests beside its old husk. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Adult cicada next to an old shell. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Thousands gather on the branches. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cicadas looking for personal space after a large emergence. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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When conditions become too overcrowded, many cicadas suffer deformities. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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These plants were leaning due to the weight of numerous cicadas. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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These cicadas are easy targets for predators due to their crippled wings. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Despite their misfortunes, these cicadas can still lead successful lives by mating and laying eggs. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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During inclement weather, these cicadas will need to seek higher ground for survival. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Many of these crippled individuals die within the first few days. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

Individuals like these are often located at the bases of trees. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

Several cicadas cast off their skins on the side of a tree. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

These adults are so colorful, they resemble Christmas ornaments under the right lighting conditions. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

These cicadas are eclosing without any difficulties. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis

This cicada's wings are forming perfectly. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

This adult is resting its newly formed wings. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis

These will remain suspended like this for several minutes or an hour or more. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

Cicadas can be found dangling like this in the early morning hours. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

Adults looks very different from their old nymphal skins. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

It can take up to a week before the cicada's body is strong enough to fly. Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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Magicicada Ecdysis
Magicicada Ecdysis

Their red eyes are radiant in the morning light! Photograph taken 2004 - Brood X Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

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