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During the Night

    
Wonderful things happen in Ethan and Aaron's 
jars during the night, but it's hard to take clear
photos through the plastic sides.  

Instead, Daddy goes outside several times as
the boys take their baths, get ready for bed, and 
try to fall asleep.  Here is what he finds:

   8:32 p.m.  
If you look closely, you'll see that the skin on 
the nymph's back has just split open.  The 
adult cicada is pushing out through the crack.

  

   8:37 p.m. 

   8:41 p.m. 
See the adult cicada's head?

   8:47 p.m.

   8:56 p.m. 
See the adult's legs and tiny wings?

   9:13 p.m. 
The wings inflate, like tiny water balloons.  
(They feel soft and wet.)

   9:20 p.m.*  

  9:31 p.m. 

   10:07 p.m. 

   11:02 p.m. 
The adult's body gets darker and harder 
as it dries, and the wings get stiffer.

   11:27 p.m. 
Time to leave the old skin behind.

   Still 11:27 p.m.
The adult cicada crawls three feet farther up our 
elm tree before the next picture. 

               11:30 p.m.   
Five minutes later Daddy can no longer find the adult.  
Ethan and Aaron find the nymph's shed skin the next 
morning.
   

* Daddy missed taking a picture of the "9:20" stage 
tonight, so this photo is of another cicada.

   See the above photos with times but no text.
     

NEXT:  See what the boys do the next morning
  
  


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