A hungry raccoon snatched an unsuspecting cicada while it was molting in a Virginia backyard on May 19.
Alexendria resident Stephen Ellington decided to take a timelapse of a cicada molting in his backyard, but his project was given a surprise ending when the bug was grabbed by the peckish raccoon.
“I have been fascinated by the Brood X cicadas that are emerging in my backyard,” Ellington told Storyful.
“When I came to get the camera after about 1.5 hours I saw that the cicadas were gone. When I looked at the footage I realized that they had been snatched by a hungry racoon,” he said.
The Brood X cicadas emerge from the ground every 17 years, and are currently swarming the northeast. Credit: Stephen Ellington via Storyful