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These claws are made for diggin': Cicadas spend the majority of their lives underground as nymphs. When the time comes to emerge and turn into an adult, they leave behind a molt of their former juvenile self, shown here. (Photo: Charles Hedgcock) These claws are made for diggin': Cicadas spend the majority of their lives underground as nymphs. When the time comes to emerge and turn into an adult, they leave behind a molt of their former juvenile self, shown here.