Subject: are these cicadas nymphs?
Location: United States, Missouri
July 17, 2014 3:01 pm
so I was digging at the site of a rotten, dead tree that fell down and discovered these lil things! I thought they might be cicadas, but after looking at pictures I’m really not sure.
These are not Cicada Nymphs, but rather beetle pupae. They are most likely Scarab Beetle Pupae. The larvae of some Scarab Beetles feed on rotting wood, and they will pupate in the immediate vicinity. You can compare your images to this image from Insect Images.