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A bug’s life: The amazing of a cicada breaking free its larva shell and unfurling its as an adult insect



The shocking moment a cicada breaks through its larva shell to emerge as a vivid green adult, has captured by a photographer.

The stunning show the creature making its journey through its own former before unfurling its new wings to dry out.

Photographer Thomas was lucky enough to witness the process, which took 30 minutes.

The shocking moment when a cicada breaks its creepy larva shell to as a fully-grown vivid green has been captured by a photographer

The bugs spend most of lives beneath the Earth and can lie for 17 years. They only above ground level to their ugly larva and sprout wings to become

Once matured, they for a mate.

Mr Marent saw the cicada, within its larva shell, up a plant close to an exit in the ground where it had previously and choose a leaf strong to support its weight — for the creature’s transformation.

Cicadas most of their lives the Earth and can lie there for 17 years. only venture above level to shed their larva shells (pictured) and wings to become an adults. matured, they sing for a

As the cicada begins to emerge, the photographs show the stages at the insect’s wings begin to

However, they are still and wet and need to be aired out, so the stretches them out so they are to dry.

The whole process ‘birth’ to developing its fully wings took 30 minutes.

Mr 47, captured the transformation at Palmerston Park in Queensland, Australia.

The p nature photographer from Switzerland, said: ‘I was at the ground of the park and there hundreds of horseflies around me, the car and the


are 2,500 species of cicada are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs, often being referred to as

Adult insets measure 2 to 5cm long, although the largest Pomponia, is 7cm long and has a wing of 20cms.

Males have ‘tymbals’ on the of their abdominal bases to while their hollow amplifies the sound.

Some of the produce sounds up to 120 decibels which are among the loudest of all sounds.

In addition to a mating they also have a call — an erratic they make if they are and seized.

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Some species have a courting song is quieter and is produced once a is drawn by the calling song.

horseflies disappeared when it got at 6pm so I decided to explore the forest at night.

‘Equipped with cameras, and a torch I walked along a trail and after seeing a few and spiders, I found a cicada crawling on the forest floor.

watched and waited for an hour it found a decent spot to and start the metamorphosis on a twig.

two hours nothing happened so I my patience and went back to my to sleep — but all I could about was the cicada larva.

Kept awake by the thought of a great photographic opportunity, Mr left his tent at around and walked back to the spot he had seen the cicada.

‘Right on the cicada larva started its and I grabbed my camera and took all the of the different stages,’ he said.

Cicadas live underground as for most of their lives, at ranging from about 30 to 2.5 metres. The nymphs feed on juice and have strong legs for digging. They an exit tunnel to the surface and to molt (pictured) on a nearby for the last time to emerge as

‘I was so lucky. After 30 minutes the metamorphosis was done and I calmly go back with a conscience for a nice sleep.’

Mr fulfilled a lifetime ambition of a cicada emergence from to finish.

He said: ‘I’ve to photograph a cicada larva for years so I could get all the different from their birth.

the past I’ve seen of empty nymphal cases on twigs or tree trunks but I managed to see the whole process time.’

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