In the early summer of 2007, a brood of cicada nymphs known as the 'Northern Illinois Brood' dug their way out of the ground. They climbed up the trunks of trees where they underwent a final molt to their mature form. This series of photographs taken by wildlife photographer Robert Visconti illustrates this remarkable process.
|Nymph Molt Begins||Adult Starts to Emerge||Head Fully Emerged||Head Emerged|
|Wings Emerge||Full Body Emerges||Wings Begin to Expand||Adult Free of Nymph Exoskeleton|
|Wings Expanded||Exoskeleton Hardens||Cicadas at Various Stages of Molt||Adult Transformation Complete|
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