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Cicada sheds nymph exoskeleton in time-lapse footage

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 19, 2016 at 9:17 AM

ALICE SPRINGS, Australia, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A resident of Australia's Northern Territory captured time-lapse video of a nymph cicada shedding its exoskeleton to emerge as an adult.

Mark Anderson of Alice Springs posted a video to Facebook that speeds up the cicada's hour-long process to about 30 seconds.

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The cicada in the video sheds its nymph exoskeleton and emerges as an adult.

The insect coming-of-age took place Jan. 16, the uploader said.

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Time lapse of cicada

Posted by Mark Anderson on Saturday, January 16, 2016
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