Glossa, July 2010
You are far more likely to hear cicadas than to see them. But at hatching time they emerge from the ground through perfectly round holes, climb up a metre or so and attach themselves to a twig, or a wall, or whatever they find. Then they split open down the back and the fully formed insect climbs out to rest, harden off its exoskeleton and pump up its wings.
The perfect former skin is left where it is until the weather or the ants deal with it.
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