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Abandoned Exoskeleton of a Cicada

Abandoned Exoskeleton of a Cicada

After 17 years undeground, a cicada nymph emerged to undergo molting process and transition to an adult cicada to breed. It climbed a fern leaf and shed its exoskeleton. The exoskeleton called "exuviae". #BroodIX

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June 03, 2020
Cicadas Emerging After 17 Years Underground

Cicadas Emerging After 17 Years Underground

The insects spend the majority of their lives underground, in a nymph state. The emergence time is different for different species but the nymphs of this species emerge from the ground in the spring of the 17th year and transition to mature cicadas, ready to breed.

The 17-year life cycle of this periodical cicada species makes it one of the longest-lived insects. #BroodIX

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June 03, 2020
The Dead Horse Bay

The Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay is a small saltmarsh on the southern side of Brooklyn. In the 19th century, the marsh was a site with animal processing plants to where carcasses of dead horses and other animals were brought to be processed into glue and fertilizer. The remains were dumped into the water. This explains how the Dead Horse Bay got its name.

Horses were replaced by automobiles, and until 1930's, the marsh of Dead Horse Bay was used as a New York city's landfill. Since around 1950's the garbage dump started to erode and all the treasures are now spilling out for everyone to see. More #deadhorsebay photos.

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October 16, 2016
Web Nest of Moths Caterpillars

Web Nest of Moths Caterpillars

Presumably a communal silk tent of Malacosoma moths, with all caterpillars gone. Dear entomologists, please identify this.

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May 28, 2016
Sharks Killed for Trophies, Brooklyn

Sharks Killed for Trophies, Brooklyn

Sharks killed for trophies during annual tournaments. Brooklyn, New York.

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June 29, 2014
Dolphins, Breezy Point Tip, NY
New Bike Path with Plenty of Wildlife (mostly mosquitoes)
Riviera Maya’s Fauna: Iguana
Riviera Maya’s Fauna: Hermit Crab
Riviera Maya’s Fauna: Another Lizard
Riviera Maya’s Fauna: Gecko
Riviera Maya’s Fauna: Food Thieves
$4.49 lb. – A Good Deal, Probably

$4.49 lb. – A Good Deal, Probably

Live frogs at a chinese market.

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September 03, 2012
Happened before my eyes
Apolysis

Apolysis

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July 21, 2012
Caught by a Fluke
Enjoying the View
Gosling with Guards
Animals In the Chicago Zoo

Animals In the Chicago Zoo

It’s alive. Just sleeping and seeing sweet dreams, sniffing and twitching legs.

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December 26, 2011