My husband was very concerned that left in that position, on the bottom of the container, the cicada's wings would not properly form. So, he helped it out onto the porch rail so it would have more space to grow...
See the little wings it has to start!
Watching the wings puff out and form was an amazing process. See here as they continue to expand.
Hard to believe that large bug came out of that SMALL shell!
It took over an hour, but he was finally free and his color started darkening. (I have no idea if it's a he or she, really, so don't take that comment as truth in regards to gender.)
And that's the last I saw of it before my one year old daughter brushed him away with a stick into the grass below! He was too camouflaged to be found thereafter.