Subject: Beetle type carapace, Australia
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
October 11, 2013 6:01 pm
I found a few of these large empty outer shells of beetle type bugs in my garden. They measured about 1.5 – 2 inches in length. Head and pincers indicated a beetle. They are well camouflaged on the tree. This one was still stuck to the tree although the creature inside the shell exoskeleton has gone – perhaps it was eaten? Or it has shed its skin. What bug made these? Location is in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia.
This is the exuvia or cast off larval exoskeleton of a Cicada. The immature Cicada lives underground feeding on plant roots. When it approaches maturity, it digs to the surface and molts for the final time. A winged Cicada emerges, leaving the exuvia behind. Australia is home to a very diverse population of Cicadas, many with colorful names like Green Grocer and Double Drummer.