Please help us identify this bug. We are students from 5c and 5g at George W. Truett Elementary in Dallas, Tx. Also do you like all bugs, or just some? Thanks
Hi Elementary School Students,
This is a Cicada in the genus Tibicen. Since it is in its teneral stage, immediately following a molt, the insect is pale and soft and has not attained its true adult coloration. This make exact identification much more difficult. Though we can appreciate the complexity of life on this planet and understand that all insects have a purpose, our level of tolerance drops sharply with invasive exotics that have no natural enemies and threaten other species to extinction. Additionally we have no mercy with aphids on our tomato plants. That said, we don’t exactly “love” all insects.