Brood X Cicadas Mating and Creating their Egg Nests

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This Brood X cicada has inserted her ovipositor shaft into the slit it cut in the Abelia branch. She pulses her abdomen (depicted by the little bump) to push her eggs through the ovipositor into the slit on May 26, 2021.
Photo © Mary Free

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