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Subject: Newly Emerged Cicada
Location: North Fort Myers, FL
November 18, 2012 7:57 am
I was fortunate enough to spot this newly emerged cicada as it climbed these stalks. It finally made it to the top, only to tumble down. It slowly started all over again. Taken at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve West in Nort Fort Myers, Florida.
Signature: Greg

Possibly Salt Marsh Cicada

Hi Greg,
Thanks for sending your photos.  You did not indicate if this is a recent sighting or if the photos were taken months or possibly years ago.  We looked at Cicadas on BugGuide and we believe this might be a Salt Marsh Cicada,
Diceroprocta viridifascia, based on images that are posted to BugGuide which states:  “Atlantic Coast: VA, NC, SC, GA, FL (perhaps a little further north than VA)  Gulf Coast: FL, AL, MS, LA, & TX  D. viridifascia ranges from the mid-Atlantic (Delmarva region) south into Florida. Its distribution around Florida is often patchy, but it can be abundant. Thgis cicada can be found on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state, but seems to range only as far north as the “Big Bend” region of Florida in the west and appears absent along the Panhandle (?).  This species is common all around the Florida coast and abundant in the Palm Beach area.The season is listed as “May-September” so if this is a recent sighing, our identification might not be correct.

possibly Salt Marsh Cicada

The photos were taken yesterday.

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Subject: Please identify this bug
Location: Wheelers Hill Victoria, 3150 Australia
November 14, 2012 5:57 am
Found this bug on my drive way after taking my dog (which is a kelpie) for a walk. He started barking at it (as it was nigh time i had to shine a light at it to see it and i couldn’t work out what it was. it was approximately the size of my iphone 4s in length and its head was around 4 centimetres wide to give you a bit of a scale in size.
Signature: Mr

Green Grocer

Dear Mr,
While many folks who live in the northern hemisphere a
re lamenting the coming of winter, folks in Australia are rejoicing with the approach of summer.  Whether one lives in the north or south, Cicadas are a fixture of the summer symphony of sound, and Australia is famous for the diversity of its Cicadas.  Australians are very proud of their Cicadas, and you might enjoy visiting the Cicada Mania website.  This colorful Cicada is commonly called a Green Grocer, Cyclochila australasiae, a species that has several different color variations each with its own distinctive name.

Green Grocer


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Subject: Food chain: cicada killer in action
Location: Takoma Park MD
August 24, 2012 4:41 pm
Hello WTB,
This cicada killer startled me somewhat as I was out weeding the garden. I initially thought it had deposited a bit of trash. When I realized the ”trash” was an annual cicada, I dashed in to fetch the camera and thought you’d like to see the outcome.
Signature: Takoma Park animal lover

Cicada Killer with Annual Cicada

Dear Takoma Park animal lover,
Wow, what a marvelous series of photos. 

Cicada Killer with food for her brood.

The female Cicada Killer is really a powerfully built wasp to drag and glide back to her burrow with a paralyzed Cicada for each egg she lays.

Female Cicada Killer provides for her offspring


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Subject: Annual Cicada in molt.
Location: Levittown pa
August 13, 2012 9:13 am
Noticed you have plenty of pictures of Cicadas post molt, I thought I’d add a few during molt. I have a bunch, but your website won’t cooperate with me.
Signature: Jen k

Cicada Metamorphosis

Hi Jen,
Cicadas are one of our Top 10 insect identification requests and submissions, whether they be adult Annual Cicadas, Periodical Cicadas, Australian Cicadas (which arrive during northern hemisphere winter), Metamorphosing Cicadas, Cicadas as prey to Cicada KillersCicada Nymphs or Cicada Exuviae.  Adult Cicadas are often mistaken for extremely large flies by folks who don’t know much about insects.  Thank you for your lovely submission.

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Subject: What bug is this?!
Location: Gunma, Japan
August 7, 2012 12:55 pm
I am an exchange student in Japan and I can’t place this bug that I saw today (8/7/12). I live in Gunma, Japan and it’s the middle of summer at about 100 degrees everyday with 90%+ humidity. I’ll keep searching through the site but I haven’t been able to find anything yet.
Signature: Talia

Exuviae of Cicadas

Hi Talia,
These are the exuviae or shed exoskeletons of Cicadas.  The immature Cicadas live underground for years, and when they have matured and conditions are right, they dig to the surface, molt, leave behind the exuvia, and become winged adults.  Many Cicadas produce audible calls, some quite loud, and the noise of Cicadas buzzing from the trees is a common summer sound in many parts of the world.  It is interesting that there are so many exuviae in one location in your photograph.

Thank you so much! I have seen many cicadas in my life, mostly due to Japan being filled with them, but to see so many insects in one spot made me think them to be something else. Since it was just the exoskeleton left behind, the coloration looked different and seemed like an entirely different insect to me instead of the obvious answer of a cicada. I had heard a loud cicada chirping from that tree and when i saw the exoskeletons i backed away thinking they could be dangerous since i didn’t know what they were. Thank you very much for being so expedient in answering my question.

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Subject: Bug Question
Location: Columbus, OH
August 6, 2012 12:56 pm
Hi Bugman!
I’ve been scouring the ’Net trying to identify this bug, which looks to me to be a type of beetle, but isn’t showing up on any searches.
It was late at night and he was crawling aimlessly around for hours in the same area just outside our house.
It’s summer, and this was a particularly humid night. He was cream-colored on his back with a distinctive dark brown mask-like pattern on his back.
Signature: Ohiobug

Cicada Nymph

Dear Ohiobug,
This is the nymph of a Cicada.  It has been living underground for several years.  It has just made its way to the surface in preparation for its metamorphosis into a winged adult Cicada.

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