Yesterday we baled the section of field that was dry, when done Gene parked the baler in the shade of an old honey locust tree. We went inside for a couple of hours and when we came out there seemed to be something sticking out of the baler tire. But closer inspection showed a cicada emerging from its shell. Scary looking up close like this.
We scared him/her enough taking the picture then left to go pick up the bales. After the bales were stacked in the barn we checked on our new little friend and found him/her fully "hatched", just hanging around.
This morning all that was left was the empty beetle shell. We felt honored to experience this natural phenomena.