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Subject: Weird bug
Location: Michigan
January 24, 2016 8:27 pm
I found it dead, it’s bigg and weird looking. What is it?
Signature: Me

Cicada

Cicada

Cicadas are often mistaken for giant flies.  They are heard more frequently than they are seen.  Cicadas are considered the loudest insects in the world and they can be heard calling from tree tops during the latter half of summer.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Iowa, USA
September 18, 2015 11:35 am
This picture was taken in my backyard.
Signature: Vera

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Vera,
This is an Annual Cicada in the genus
Tibicen, and they are generally present from mid summer until mid autumn.  They are among the loudest insects, and when they are plentiful, they create quite a cacophony from the tops of the trees.

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Ed. Note:  Though it is nowhere near as virulent as other nasty emails we have received, we have decided this posting needs to be tagged with our Nasty Reader Award nonetheless.  Perhaps we are being overly sensitive, but the followup communication from M R just rubbed us the wrong way by implying that our personal (and originally unposted) response was not sufficient.  First, the original email we received did not even include a question, and by all appearances, including the use of abbreviations, this was a hasty submission.  We are a free internet service and we do not have the time to do extensive research on every request we receive.  The image is out of focus, and it is not attractive.  We choose requests with catchy subject lines, attractive images, interesting anecdotes or rare sightings for posting purposes because we find them more interesting, and we believe our readership will also find them more interesting.  We responded to MR the same day the submission was made, and it took MR more than a day to put a species name to the Cicada.  Exact species identifications are frequently time consuming, as MR learned, and we had no clue from the information we received that a species name was even desired.  Granted, our identification was general, but it was correct.  Getting what seems to be a snotty reply that “I figured that a bug id ‘What’s That Bug’ would have at least figured out that it was a Cicada” seemed totally unnecessary and crafted to demean our site.  So, after a hiatus of more than three years, we are finally awarding our Ninth Nasty Reader Award.  We are also linking to BugGuide for information on Neotibicen dorsatus, the Bush Cicada.  

Subject: Bug
Location: TX
August 18, 2015 1:53 am
Don’t know what this bug is called
Signature: M R

Cicada

Bush Cicada

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, whatsthatbug.com@gmail.com wrote:
cicada

August 20, 10:02 PM
It’s a Cicada ( Tibicen Dorsatus) Took some time but I was able to locate it.
I figured that a bug id “What’s That Bug” would have at least figured out that it was a Cicada.

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Subject: chunky bug in backyard. what is it?
Location: Bloomington, IN
August 11, 2015 9:45 am
Hello there!
There seems to be a dispute going on over the identity of this bug I ran into in my backyard. Some say it’s a cicada larva, others a potato bug (aka Nino De La Tierra/Jerusalem Cricket?). It seems to have crab-like claws! Do you know? Sorry it’s covered in dirt in this photo. It’s long gone, otherwise I would clean it off and take another pic…
Thanks!
Signature: Brandon

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Nymph

Dear Brandon,
Though it is theoretically not a Cicada larva, those that said that are closer to the truth.  This is actually the exuvia or shed exoskeleton of a Cicada nymph.  The Cicada nymph lives underground for several years, and when it nears maturity, it digs to the surface and molts for the final time, flying off as a winged Cicada and leaving behind the shell of its formal self.

Thanks! The Cicada nymph had actually yet to break out of its exoskeleton yet when I found it. It was crawling along veeeeeery slowly. It must have been about to complete its molting process.
Best,
Brandon

Thanks for the clarification Brandon.  It appears in the image that there is a split down the back, which caused us to speculate that this was already an exuvia.

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Subject: Giant bug Canada
Location: Canada
August 4, 2015 7:12 pm
I saw this giant bug on my run today. I thought it was a water bug but it almost looks like it has a stinger, what is it?
Signature: Cindy

Cicada

Cicada

Dear Cindy,
This is a Cicada, and you may be familiar with the loud buzzing sounds Cicadas produce, often from the tops of trees in the late summer.

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Subject: Northern minnesota
Location: Northern minnesota
July 31, 2015 1:34 pm
Trying to figure out what this bug could be.
Signature: Doesn’t matter

Cicada

Cicada

This is a Cicada, and it appears to be a small species, but we have not had any luck identifying a genus.  The coloration is quite unusual with the green wings and orange legs, but the wings appear to not be fully expanded, which may mean it has just metamorphosed into an adult.  We appreciate any help our readership can provide regarding a species identification.

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