what is this?
the bug is attached in a picture

Hi JR,
We get numerous requests to identify the exoskeletons of Cicadas, but rarely are the images as fine as yours. Immature Cicada nymphs live underground where they suck sap from the roots of trees and shrubs. When they approach maturity, they dig to the surface (hence the clawlike front feet) and molt into winged adults, leaving the exoskeleton behind.

2 Responses to Cicada Exoskeleton

  1. Stephanie conner says:

    I live in an apartment and get these on the wall of my porch! Nasty!!

  2. Brooke says:

    I have a clear picture of one as well. If anyone wants it? Just found one today!

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