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Cicada Emerges From Its Exoskeleton After 7 Years

November 6, 2019

COMM: Photographer Brad Leue has filmed this incredible footage of a cicada shedding its
exoskeleton in Western Australia. COMM: Using time-lapse photography, the shedding took almost 2 hours to complete, taking roughly
three and a half thousand photos to capture. COMM: This species of cicada is called cyclochila australasiae, also known as a green grocer.
It lives underground for 7 years, feeding on plant sap before finally emerging above
ground to shed its skin. COMM: In the lead-up to the wet season in Australia, the air becomes filled with the
song of the cicadas, and discarded exoskeletons can be found everywhere, from tree trunks
to brick walls and even car tyres. This particular cicada was discovered on Brad’s veranda. COMM: After emerging from its exoskeleton, the cicada’s wings, which can measure up
to 13 centimetres, expand to dry before it’s able to take its first flight. The insect
will then only live for a further 6 weeks, giving it enough time to mate, breed and create
a new generation of cicadas that will not take flight for another 7 years.


  • Reply Trevor Rhodriquez March 29, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    first to comment

  • Reply Shady March 29, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    That's fucking awesome !

  • Reply Nightware March 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Aww thats great! Surviving for 7 years by just eating plants must be hard in the wild. So this is kinda like a reward haha.

  • Reply bi ti Li March 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    this fucking every body

  • Reply Kudzai92 March 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm


  • Reply SleepLess March 30, 2017 at 1:20 am

    So that's what it was I seen a lot of the skeletons in the trees I thought their were bees

  • Reply james wright March 30, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Hi I'm a human

  • Reply Rice Farmer March 30, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Lives 7 years underground to die 6 weeks later above ground. It spends only around .016% of its lifespan above ground.

  • Reply TheThundaBunz March 30, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Cicadas are so simple yet so complex. But very beautiful insects.

  • Reply MS MS March 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Get out of here. How do you know it was 7 years? I think it took a couple of months, maybe. What seven years??? That thing will dry up within 8 months without food to survive on. The junk science some people believe in, beats the hell out of me. Some wackos believe the earth is billions of years old whilst we Christians believe it's only 6000 years old. Hey, you have a fundamental right to be stupid and irredeemable. Isn't that the essence of what make us different? Behold the beauty of life.

  • Reply Flamingo Birb March 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Kill it with fire

  • Reply C. D. March 31, 2017 at 12:33 am

    that look so nasty

  • Reply :.It's ok To die .: April 10, 2017 at 5:14 am

    If my room was underground then I'd basically be a cicada because I never come out of it

  • Reply Alma June 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    lol, wait 7 years to live 6 weeks

  • Reply Peter Visser September 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm

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  • Reply gardo makisig March 25, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    cell is alive goko where are you we need help hahahahahahaha

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