Location: Zushi, Japan
October 23, 2010 12:26 am
Nobody seems to be familiar with this sort of thing taking place. We all learn about the metamorphasis of butterflies in grade school, but what is THIS? Metamorphasis? Parasitism? It happened over and over again on my patio wall when I was living in Japan. Proabably about forty of these hatchings all in the same week. I’m really curious. I have more pictures of the series that show the completed ”moth” (?) after it emerges.
Your photo is a nice documentation of the metamorphosis if a Cicada. The wingless nymphs live underground feeding from the roots of plants. When they are ready to mature, they dig to the surface, molt into winged adults, and complete the life cycle by mating and perpetuating the species.