nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: THIS IS HAPP…

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

THIS IS HAPPENING IN MY YARD RIGHT NOW

THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME

I LOVE THIS CICADA

I LOVE I LOVE I LOVE

JULY 2, 2018

So gold! So shiny!

Baby’s first steps!!!

Inside the husk

So lovely 😍

After I placed the baby back in the tree, I was the recipient of a very healthy stream of… uh… liquid metabolic waste products? But I was too late, didn’t catch any on video. You just need to trust me there was way more than you’d think could fit in there.

@ashyguysworld asked about the color! Most insects start out soft and pale, then darken as they harden. “Teneral” is the term used for dragonflies that are still pale, not sure if it applies to other insects but the idea is the same. For dragonflies it can take a few days to fully harden and get to their final color!

Cicadas tend to come out looking especially ghostly. The glowing-green color is temporary. I’m not sure exactly what species this one is, but it may be a Scissors Grinder, which looks like this when it’s fully colored:

And yes, they are pretty big! 😀