What is this?
May 23, 2010
Found this bug on a palm tree… looks like it is eatting another bug. it’s about 2 or 3 inches long. Big Bug…
Eddie Ravo
Lutz, FL

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear Eddie,
You have not witnessed a food chain incident, but rather, the metamorphosis of a Cicada.  The immature Cicada lives underground for several years.  When it nears maturity, it digs to the surface and climbs a vertical surface where it splits its exoskeleton and emerges as a winged adult.  You have mistaken the cast off skin or exuvia for prey.

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