Sunday, August 21, 2011
Yes, Virgina, She is a MadSnapper
I always thought this was just like a snake skin, that the Locust/Cicada just dumped it when done with it.
Cicadas can live 13 to 17 years, they are very very NOISY and Cicadas produce their calls with timbals1, which are paired drum-like structures and there ears are in their tummy's.
Here is a fact for ALL you men out there.....Only males have timbals (except for one Australian genus). Female cicadas are mostly mute.
they live underground and when ready to molt they climb a tree or in this photo my fence, then they wriggle free and spread their wings and fly away. found this site that will tell you everything you ever desired to know about this shell Click on University of Florida there is a wealth of info there for inquiring minds.
Little is known about the length of their stay underground, except that the minimum seems to be four years under natural conditions -