Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birth of a monster

A very cute monster.

Was about to turn in last night when I saw a cicada molting from his brown shell. Like many others, I've seen the cast-off shells all over but never seen a molt.

It took about 5mins to split the shell and another 5mins to wriggle out of it. His wings had just started to unfold when I took this pic. I would have liked to watch them unfold and dry but the process was taking too long. I went to bed while it morphed.

1 comment:

  1. I have never seen one of the "afters" before! How cute, and unlike their "befores" they are! Way to steal his brand new, freshly molten little soul!