How long does it take a locust to break out of its cocoon and fly away?

The life-cycle of a locust, also known as cicadas, is an example of "incomplete metamorphosis". This is when insects change their body shape gradually, without any sudden change.

The female locust lays her eggs in a hole in damp, warm soil or sand called a pod. She produces a frothy liquid that hardens and protects the eggs from the sun and enemies.

After about 10 days young locusts, called nymphs, emerge. They look like a smaller version of the adult but without wings, just wing buds.

According to National Geographic, when young locust nymphs hatch from their eggs, they spend several early life stages in underground burrows before surfacing as adults. The process varies in length but often takes a number of years.

As the nymphs grow they shed their skin or moult. After the fifth moult they became adults with fully formed wings and sex organs.

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