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Periodical Cicada Molting 8"x10" Print

Periodical Cicada Molting 8"x10" Print

In 2023, the Lake County Forest Preserves in Illinois commissioned me to do a series of illustrations in anticipation of the huge Brood 13 Periodical Cicada emergence here in Illinois in 2024. This was one of them! This drawing depicts the moment when an adult Magicicada spp. cicada emerges from his "shell" after 17 years underground. The cicada will cling to the discarded exoskeleton, or sometimes climb up higher, and will continue to harden for a couple of hours. The adult will have turned (mostly) black when the process is complete.

This is an extra special year for the cicadas in Illinois, because not only is it the year of the 17-year cicadas (Brood XIII / 13), but it's also the year of the 13 year cicadas (Brood XIX / 19)!  This is an incredibly rare event that only happens once every 221 years. The last time it happened was in 1803!  The only place where the brood will overlap is central/eastern Illinois. I'll definitely be making a trip to witness the phenomenon! ❤️


Print created from my original pastel colored pencil drawing and printed on fine art paper. The standard 8"x10" size is easily matted into an 11"x14" mat and frame. A great size for any room! (Frame is not included, just for demonstration purposes.) The print will come to you in a protective plastic sleeve with a hard backing. It has been signed by me. (Please note: This artwork will be printed slightly larger than 8"x10" to accommodate the slight variations in mat sizes.)

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    -Watermarks are not printed on the actual prints. They are for protection purposes for my website only.

    -Prints do not come framed, but frames and mats are often shown for demonstration or inspiration purposes. Most originals do come framed unless otherwise specified.

    -Prints may take from 3-5 days to ship, Most times I print the orders as I receive them and I like them to dry for 24 hours before I bag and ship them. Thanks for your patience.

    -Orders typically ship USPS First Class.

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