Do you remember these from your youth? Did you or do you have cicadas where you lived when you were young or where you live now?
I found these yesterday on a red maple in our back yard. My soon to be three year old thought they were really neat. We had just read a book that talked about cicadas the night before. She said, "I don't know what cicadas are." It was nice to be able to show her the discarded exoskeletons of one.
My sister and I would pluck them off the rough bark of the oak tree in our front yard and wear them like brooches on our clothes. Seeing the remains of the cicadas each year still brings back that spark of magic from childhood.