Cicadas are my other favorite insect, and thanks to Ugly Overload, I found this wonderful video!

Enjoy the wonder. There is a fairly extensive amount of info on Michigan Cicadas at the U of M website, including life cycle info.

This looks like a dog-day cicada to me, but it’s hard to tell from the video. Anyone?

Edited to add: In my excitement over the movie, I forgot to mention this is very sped up–the actual process can take hours. Source of the video is Wikipedia.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. welp, you got another great post! I have seen lots of carcasses but never a live cicada (have I?)
    this is kewl.

  2. now you know what comes out of those little brown shells :)

  3. Very cool – I’m partial to cicadas myself! :)

    It might be a dog-day cicada. Kind of has a greenish cast, but I’m not an expert here :P

  4. I am singing “Snappy Cicada Pizza!”

  5. Which reminds me, I discovered I’d left you off of my blogroll. Fixed now.


  7. Hi there. I stumbled across your site while looking up information on the huge number of what appear to be Magicicadas in my front yard at the moment. Thanks for the U of M link. It was really helpful. You can see them here:

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