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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cicada shell stuck on a tree.

Young cicadas (nymphs) moult their skins after maturation. They emerge and fly away, but their exoskeletons still cling to the bark on which they moulted. This cicada's shell was left on a beautiful crepe myrtle.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 5s
Copyright: © Cierra Whitlock