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Kentucky Color - Jar Fly Monster Molt

By Billy Joe Fudge

Oh yea, I know it's a cicada in the accompanying photo. In fact it is an annual cicada as opposed to the 17 year cicada we call the 17 year locust.

At any rate this dried skin is just that, dried skin. The back has been split and the Jar Fly has split, gone, vacated the premises.

The male is singing and the mute female is listening. Then somewhere in their one week above ground they will procreate and begin the process all over again.


Could we ever in our wildest imaginings come up with a creature any more bizarre than this one? I've studied and watched science fiction all my life and even Star Trek The Next Generation has never come up with a life form any stranger than a cicada.

Up to 17 years underground and just one week above is a notch or two beyond strange and if I do say so a bit depressing to think about.


This story was posted on 2010-07-23 05:07:59
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Kentucky Color: Jar fly Monster Molt



2010-07-23 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Adair Co,, KY
"Oh yea, I know it's a cicada in the accompanying photo. In fact it is an annual cicada as opposed to the 17 year cicada we call the 17 year locust," writes Billy Joe Fudge. This is the molt, the dried exoskelton of a locust.

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