Maryland Cicada in 10-Frame Focus Stack

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I just read an article that says it can take several days to fully harden. So while the coloring may change in a few hours, the new "skin" hasn't actually hardened.

https://www.prevention.com/life/a36462747/cicada-molt-exoskeleton/

“Once cicadas emerge from the soil, they will immediately find a suitable place in which to molt to transform into adults,” Troyano says. From there, the newly molted cicadas will usually hide out in trees or other vegetation for several days while their new exoskeletons completely harden, she says.
 
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That article explains that you can spray the cicadas off trees using a garden hose. Though I'm sure that's true with regard to trees, I doubt it's practical with regard to plants. I've been watering my neighbor's newly transplanted outdoor plants while she is away on vacation and the cicadas don't budge. I suppose using a more forceful, violent stream of water might remove them, but it might also damage the plants. Even if the water did remove them from the plants' leaves, I assume they would be covered with cicadas no later than the next day.
 
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