getting ready to hatch from his old skin.
Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that the things do this only
infrequently, and that in my DH's entire life living here, he has seen this happen maybe three
times before, you soon realise that yes, it IS a big deal!
The first step was to see the nymph coming out of the ground, and climbing to a point where it can shed it's skin. The nymphs tend to eat roots of trees, and various underground things... there was already an empty skin nearby, so obviously their food source is nearby!
About five seconds after this photo, he flew clumsily off to the pawpaw tree for sustenance. When we saw him still there a few hours later, we shooed him to another tree... lest he defoliate that one (with the pawpaws still in evidence, albeit rather small!)
All we have left now, is the 'dry fly' skin left behind by the growing adult... perhaps a fascinating addition to a nature table :)