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Subject: A really big bug!
Location: Alanya, Turkey
August 2, 2013 11:42 am
Hey, bugman!
We’re on a vacation in Turkey, Alanya and these enormous bugs (about 5-7cm, plus the wings) are everywhere! We hear them make these sound, which sounds like crickets. And they are really loud. They are on trees and bushes and seems like they use the bottom of their body (maybe legs, too) to make the sound.
I’m really curious to know what are these enourmously big bugs that make such noise all day long. Hope you can help me.
All the best,
Kertu
Signature: Kertu

Cicada from Turkey

Cicada from Turkey

Dear Kertu,
This is a Cicada, and one species of Australian Cicada is considered to be the loudest insect in the world.  Cicadas are found in many parts of the world and we are not certain which species you have submitted.  We recently began reading Samuel Butler’s translation of Homer’s Iliad, and we are amused by this quote from Book 3, verse 152:  “These were too old to fight, but they were fluent orators, and sat on the tower like cicadas that chirrup delicately from the boughs of some high tree in a wood.”
  Here is another translation of this passage online.  We don’t personally consider the song of the Cicada to be delicate.  It sounds more like a buzz saw, but it is such an iconic summer sound.  Considering your location in Turkey, this might be the very Cicada that Homer wrote about.

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Subject: Strange, Large, Winged Bug
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2013 1:07 pm
Hey Bugman!
We spotted this interesting bug on our large ash tree today. We also found two old exoskeleton skins on the tree. This bugs wings are still crinkled so we suspect it recently shed it’s skin. It seems to have a strange pocket of aqua coloured liquid within one wing, not sure what that’s about. The bug is large, measuring about 1.5 inches (see ruler in the photo). Anyhow, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life and am very curious to know what it is. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Thanks!!
Signature: Nat + Kris

Newly Metamorphosed Cicada

Newly Metamorphosed Cicada

Dear Nat + Chris,
Your photos are related as you suspected.  The insect is a newly metamorphosed Annual Cicada, sometimes called a Dogday Harvestfly, and the exoskeleton is the exuvia or cast off skin left after the nymph metamorphosed into a winged adult.  Cicada nymphs live underground for several years taking nourishment from the roots of trees and shrubs.  Adult Cicadas create quite a din when they call to mates from the treetops.  The Cicada call is a nostalgic summer sound for our editorial staff who now resides in Los Angeles.  The pocket of aqua liquid does not look normal.  Perhaps a wing vein was damaged, releasing fluids.

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Exuvia

Thanks so much for the quick reply! We have often heard cicadas but never knew what they looked like. Cool!
Nat

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Subject: Unidentified Bug – Cicero, NY
Location: Cicero, New York
July 11, 2013 5:36 am
Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to view my question and photo. Attached is a photo of a bug and it’s cocoon, this is the second day in a row that the bug has hatched on the side of our garage door – in the exact same spot. On July 10th, the hatchling was noticed around 7:30 am and remained in the same place until it moved up into a corner of the garage door frame. The wings started as clear and then turned darker in color until it flew away near dusk (approx. 7:30 pm).
Any assistance is appreciated!
Signature: Natalie

Cicada Metamorphosis

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear Natalie,
This is the metamorphosis of an Annual Cicada.  The immature stages or instars of the Annual Cicadas are found underground where the nymphs take nourishment from the roots of trees and shrubs.  When the time to metamorphose into an adult is at hand, the nymph climbs to the surface, climbs up a tree or wall and molts for the final time.  The adult Annual Cicada flies off leaving the exuvia or shed skin behind.  Annual Cicadas are sometimes called Dogday Harvestflies.

Thank you so much!  I thought that is what it was but wasn’t positive.  Have a great day!!  J
Natalie

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Subject: Strange Beetle
Location: West Roxbury (Boston), MA
July 7, 2013 7:10 pm
Hi, hoping you can help identify this ”creature” for us!
This photo, taken by my daughter with an iPhone, was captured just a few minutes ago in West Roxbury, MA (part of Boston), Sunday evening, July 7, 2013, clinging to the side of a garage door. He’s pretty scary looking, and is fairly large at about 1 1/2 to 2 inches big. He was resting in a slight curled position. The weather here has been terribly hot & humid for days – seems like every bug in the world is out!
Any clue?
Signature: Carol & Hanna

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Exuvia

Hi Carol & Hanna,
This is the Exuvia or shed skin of a Cicada.  Cicada Exuviae are often found on tree trunks, fence posts and walls.  Larval Cicadas live underground, and when it is time to metamorphose into winged adults, they dig to the surface, climb up off the ground and molt for the final time, emerging as winged adults.

Wow! Thank you so very much for the reply & info!! It’s so fascinating! We took the Cicada Exuvia off the door & saved it in a jar for my nephews & nieces who will just love this bit if nature!!
Thanks again for your expertise & wonderful website!
–Carol & Hanna

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Subject: utah cicada
Location: salt lake city, utah
June 22, 2013 10:46 pm
I’ve tried sending this a few times, but something been up with your site and it wouldn’t send. I found this guy at a barbecue, and it reminds me of a 17 year cicada, but it doesn’t look as orange or have the red eyes I’ve noticed in pictures.
Signature: curious

Putnam's Cicada

Putnam’s Cicada

Dear curious,
We are not certain why you were experiencing difficulty submitting this photo in the past.  It is a large photo file and perhaps there was some internet connectivity problem that prevented a successful delivery.  This is not a 17 Year Cicada, but we believe we may have correctly identified it as a Putnam’s Cicada,
Platypedia putnamiBugGuide has an image from Salt Lake City as well.

That does make better sense, thank you. And I’d agree with the id after seeing the bug guide photos.

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Subject: Magicicada sp. for identify
Location: Manteno, Kankakee County, Illinois
June 1, 2013 11:17 am
Hello WTB team,
I photographed in a collection this cicada, caught at Manteno, Kankakee County, Illinois on 15-VI-2007.
It’s clearly a Magicicada but seems to be about half dozen of species that I’m unable to distinguish. Please could you help me?
Thanks!
Isidro
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Brood XIII Periodical Cicada

Brood XIII Periodical Cicada

Dear Isidro,
We are catching up on unanswered mail that arrived during our holiday and we are especially interested in Periodical Cicadas right now, so your subject line caught our attention.  We turned to Magicicada.org and learned that this is most likely a member of Brood XIII, the Northern Illinois Brood that last appeared in 2007.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks a lot for your reply. I would be very interested in know the species, that is what I asked for. It’s the better known Magicicada septemdecim, or one of the more uncommon species like Magicicada cassinii, Magicicada neotredecim, Magicicada septemdecula, Magicicada tredecassini, Magicicada tredecim or Magicicada tredecula?
Best regards,
Isidro

Hi again Isidro,
We do not have the necessary skills or background to answer that question.

Thanks for reply Daniel.
What skills would you need for identification? I can ask the person that keeps the insect in his collection about photos of certain details.
Thanks,
Isidro

Hi again Isidro,
We here at What’s That Bug? are rank amateurs with no science background.  We have always considered this website to be more of an art project to help educate people to appreciate the lower beasts as well as on the interconnectivity of all things on the planet.  You should seek the assistance of an entomologist at the nearest natural history museum for your answer.  Some difficult species identifications require DNA analysis.  Just our of curiosity, why is the exact species so important?

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