Animal picture of the day: Cicada emerging

Jeremy Hance
mongabay.com
April 30, 2012



Mongabay.com features a Picture of the Day several days a week

Cicada emerges from its exoskeleten. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Cicada emerges from its exoskeleten. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.




Cicadas are generally large insects with broad heads and transparent wings. The group is known for some species' habitats of staying under ground for up to 17 years before emerging en masse, though many cicada species emerge annually in small groups. Once it emerges, it sheds its exoskeleten and begins to seek out mates. Males produce a loud, distinct sound.

This cicada (species unknown) was photographed in Ujung Kulon National Park on the Indonesian Island of Java. The park is famous as the last refuge of the Critically Endangered Javan rhino.



For more photos from Ujung Kulon National Park: Click here.



Cicada emerges from its exoskeleten. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Cicada emerges from its exoskeleten. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.




Cicada emerges from its exoskeleten. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Cicada emerges from its exoskeleten. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.








CITATION:
Jeremy Hance
mongabay.com (April 30, 2012).

Animal picture of the day: Cicada emerging.

http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0430-cicada-java-pod.html