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cicada during metamorphosis

cicada emerging from shell during metamorphosis

Cicada IMG 3764 - These strange creatures make the loudest sounds of any insects in the world, and when large numbers of them thrive in a eucalypt forest the noise, on a summer's day, can be painful to the ears. Cicadas spend most of their lives underground, and this phase of their existence 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, 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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