Subject: green feet striped body
Location: Lafayette CA
May 18, 2014 9:41 pm
I saw this bug while sitting in a log ampitheatre. It is mostly oaks and some bays and toyon. In Lafayette, CA which is in the east bay area of northern california. No wings visible,
This is an immature Cicada, known as a nymph. Immature Cicadas spend their entire lives underground feeding from the roots of plants. Then when they are nearing maturity, they dig their way to the surface, molt one final time and emerge as winged adults. Many Cicadas spend several years as nymphs, and the record is held by the Periodical Cicada or 17 Year Locust which spends 17 years underground, often emerging in huge numbers on a cyclical basis. We will try to identify this species, though that might not be possible.
Thank you so much- this was from girl scout camp, so many will learn from this!!!