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Sunday, July 25, 2010
It looks like a scene from a science fiction movie. A box elder beetle, right, stands next to the empty molted shell from a cicada on a fence post near Elkton. Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years. Some species have much longer life cycles, such as the North American genus, Magicicada, which has a number of distinct "broods" that go through either a 17-year or a 13-year life cycle.