Early Worm Gets the Bird
Location: S. Illinois
May 11, 2011 5:56 pm
The first Cicada of the season gets got by a Brown Thrasher.
Not sure if this is an annual or periodical cicada, we’re due for Brood XIX 13 year periodicals any time now.
The insect in your photo appears to have mandibles for chewing, unlike the piercing and sucking mouthparts of a Cicada. We would be more inclined to identify the prey in this photo as a Beetle Grub.
Pretty sure it is a Cicada nymph, and what you’re seeing as mandibles is actually one of the weird clamp-claws that cicada nymphs have. Also, the color is more consistent with a cicada nymph than with most beetle grubs.
Hi Again Bert,
Thanks for the clarification. Photos can be quite deceptive, and you were the actual observer and you know what a Cicada looks like. Thanks again for sending us your wonderful photograph.