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cicada during metamorphosis

cicada durung metamorphosis

Cicada D093 - These strange creatures make the loudest sounds of any insects in the world, and when large numbers of them thrive in a forest the noise, on a summer's day, can be painful to the ears. Cicadas spend most of their lives underground, and this phase can last for up to 10 years. They eventually emerge from a hole in the ground and clamber up the nearest tree or vertical object where, during metamorphosis (as this images shows) they emerge from their shells to become winged insects. Females lay their eggs in a slit in the bark of a tree and, soon after hatching, the tiny nymphs fall to the ground to conceal themselves until the time comes to emerge and begin the cycle of life - and noise - once again. There are around 200 species of cicadas in Australia.

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