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The Cicadas Emerge

Brood II periodical cicadas emerge from their 17-year sleep in the woods of the Magicada Preserve in Hamden.

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Danny Brass, an amateur entomologist, shows the mouth opening of a cicada.

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A pair of mating cicadas ascend a tree in the Magicada Cicada Preserve in Hamden Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

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Lawrence Gall, of Yale's Peabody Museum, points-out the male in a mating pair of cicadas ascending a tree.

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Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, a graduate assistant in Entomology from Yale's Peabody Museum shows two cicada nymphs.

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Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, a graduate assistant in Entomology from Yale's Peabody Museum searches for cicada nymphs in the Magicada Cicada Preserve in Hamden.

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Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, a graduate assistant in Entomology from Yale's Peabody Museum shows the split in the back of the shell of a cicada nymph indicating the adult form of the bug is ready to emerge.

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An adult cicada clings to the shell of it's nymph form after emerging.

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Two cicadas cling to a leaf in the Magicada Cicada Preserve in Hamden.

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Danny Brass, an amateur entomologist examines cicadas in the Magicada Cicada Preserve.

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Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, a graduate assistant in Entomology, left, and Lawrence Gall from Yale's Peabody Museum collect the shells of cicada nymphs.

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A pair of mating cicadas ascend a tree in the Magicada Cicada Preserve.

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Danny Brass, an amateur entomologist, shows a fungal infection on the abdomen of a cicada.

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An adult cicada climbs a tree in the Magicada Cicada Preserve.

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An adult cicada flies from the high branches in the Magicada Cicada Preserve.

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Two cicadas reach the highest point in their climb as they find themselves at the end of a branch.