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#388010 09/17/10 11:36 AM
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Cicada emerging

Every year you see these Cicada surface to shed their skin and emerge as adults. The abandoned skins remain, still clinging to trees and wooden surfaces. I placed the pictures in the opposite order because the last pictures were the nicest.
Short #388015 09/17/10 02:28 PM
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Did you know that when the cicada eggs are laid it takes 17 years to hatch?

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Amanda, I think 17 years is their total life cycle, not how long it takes for the eggs to hatch.

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Short #388071 09/18/10 09:50 AM
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I had watched a show on tv and pretty sure that once they emerge from the ground they are only around for a very short period of time - days. Will have to look it up!

Short #388073 09/18/10 10:06 AM
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Amanda, I believe I saw a program like that as well....It was on one of the learning channels....They come out of the ground every 17 or so years and then get a little busy and die.....From what I remember they only get to have a 'good-time' only once....Maybe someone else has more accurate details

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Short #388078 09/18/10 10:45 AM
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Here we go. It seems that they exist as grubs for 17 years!

Short #388139 09/19/10 12:06 PM
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This is an amazing life cycle....I'm going to venture to guess the 17 year cycle did not start at the same time for all of them. Which is why we can see them from time to time....Maybe each generation/tribe has a different calendar date. How long to they live after emergence? Does anyone know?

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Life span varies from 13-17 years, depending upon species. Upon emeregence as adults, their sole raison d'etre is to procreate & die - all within 4 to 6 weeks.

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