Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rebecca Found Some Cicada Shells

Rebecca brought along some Cicada shells today. 
Did you know....Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives. The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.
In the final nymph stage they dig an exit tunnel and come out above the ground. They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant and emerge as adult cicadas. The abandoned exoskeleton (skins) are what we see on the trunks of trees in our gardens.
There is a great video showing a cicada shedding it's skin on this web page.

1 comment:

  1. Rebecca, you have found out lots about cicada's. They are very noisy aren't they?
    Mrs Hall


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