Do you know who I am? Do you know what I am? You may have heard about me and my friends in the news. There are many varieties of us. The cicadas that are most often in the news, of course, are the 17 year cicada. This means I only emerge from my underground hibernation after a 17 year retreat. This is my exoskeleton.
Here are images of my transition. It starts when I emerge from the ground and climb a tree.
You can read more about us at wikipedia. Yes, we have a wiki!!!