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PHOTO GALLERY: Cicadas emerge, shed skeletons in Columbia

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 6:17 p.m. CDT; updated 6:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A brood 19 cicada sits on the leaf of a plant on Windsor Street on Tuesday. Male cicadas sound a mating call to attract females. The females lay eggs in the branches of trees, and the eggs hatch about two months later. These nymphs then fall to the ground and burrow for 13 years until the next cycle.

Brood 19 has arrived in Columbia, and the cicadas are beginning to shed their exoskeletons. This brood has a lifespan of 13 years, but they spend most of it in the ground. After emerging, the male cicadas sing a mating song to attract the females. 

A cicada climbs the side of the Civil War honor roll memorial in front of the the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. Cicadas have emerged in Columbia to reproduce and finish their 13-year life span.
A cicada emerges from its exoskeleton on the trunk of a tree at Stephens College on Tuesday.
Brood 19 cicada exoskeletons dot the leaves of a tree outside a Windsor Street home on Tuesday. The cicadas are finishing the last weeks of their 13-year life cycles.
Brood 19 cicadas rest on a leaf of a shrub in a Windsor Road home on Tuesday.

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