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Subject: strange bug?
Location: CA
March 29, 2015 12:02 pm
Hello!
my name is Lauren
as I was walk in home from church today I discovered an interesting bug. I was wondering if you could help on enlightening me? It looks like a nymph, but I know those are restricted to water.
thank you much,
Lauren
Signature: Lauren Haldeman

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Lauren,
This is the exuvia or shed exoskeleton of a Cicada.  Immature Cicadas, known as nymphs, live underground and they dig to the surface just prior to the final molt, leaving behind the exuvia and flying off as winged adults.  All insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis have immature stages known as nymphs.  Naiad is a term specific for a water nymph.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Australia, port Stephens
November 29, 2014 3:50 am
Had this fly on our door an was a beast, wondering what it is
Signature: Email

Cicada

Cicada

This is a Cicada and many people mistake Cicadas for large flies.  Australia is the home of numerous, diverse species of Cicadas and we will attempt a species identification for you.

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Subject: Beetle? Kampala Uganda
Location: Kampala, Uganda
October 26, 2014 11:00 pm
Hello,
Attaching two pictures (hopefully they go through…my internet is bad!)
Found this guy on my shoe this morning. I’m in Wakiso District Uganda, just outside of Kampala. Can you help me identify him/her?
Cheers!
Signature: Beth

Cicada

Cicada

Hi Beth,
This is not a beetle, but a Cicada, a group of insects known for the loud sounds they produce, often from the tops of trees.  Your individual is  dead ringer for the individual in this Wikimedia Commons image also from Uganda.

Cicada

Cicada

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Subject: Bitten by a cicada
Location: Chicago IL, cir 1980
September 16, 2014 10:05 am
Hi! I’ve noticed in a few of your ID’s os of cicadas you mention the report of someone being bitten (or rather stabbed) by one. I was bitten by one when I was a boy! I always loved them and was super excited when I found one. I let this male that I found under a maple tree in Chicago climb my left index finger. About half way up it stopped and suddenly stabbed into my finger with its proboscis! It hurt like hell, much like being stabbed with a 20g needle. I don’t think it had any venom; the pain was purely from mechanical trauma. Anyway, I yanked it off my finger and tossed it into the air after which it buzzed off happily.
Random butterfly photo from the Bosque Del Apache reserve.
Signature: Mike

Western Painted Lady

Western Painted Lady

Dear Mike,
Thank you for substantiating the possibility that a person might be bitten by a Cicada if it is carelessly handled.  Your image of a Western Painted Lady,
Vanessa annabella, is beautiful.

 

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Subject: Large fly like bug what is it?

Location: Springfield, IL Lincoln’s House National Park
September 13, 2014 5:17 am
Hi bug man,
My eight-year-old daughter and I were hoping to get this rather large insect identified. She found him hanging out on the outside porch railing at Lincoln’s House in Springfield, IL. It was never bothered by our presence or me being very close to take this picture. Can you identify it? Thanks so much.
Signature: Sincerely, Shelly

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Shelly,
This Annual Cicada in the genus
Tibicen is sometimes called a Dog Day Harvestfly.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
September 13, 2014 12:10 pm
Saw this exoskeleton on my mailbox. The forelimbs look like a mantis but the rest doesn’t.
Signature: Theresa

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Theresa,
This is the shed exoskeleton or Exuvia of a Cicada.

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