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…
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.