Subject:  Very large cicada-like, wingless insect found (dead)
Geographic location of the bug:  New Bern, North Carolina
Date: 02/18/2018
Time: 11:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this nearly 3 inch (dead) insect on our golf course in New Bern, NC. It seems to be cicada-type, but much larger, with a bright blue “saddle” dorsal pattern in thorax area. Several legs were gone, but the remaining ones seemed to belong to an original six, and have beetle characteristics.
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy Pellegrini


Dear Cindy,
Commonly called a Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad or Clawfish, this is actually a freshwater Crustacean, not an insect.  When not missing its legs, a Crayfish looks like a small lobster.

Thank you, so much, Daniel!  No wonder I couldn’t find it on the insect charts!  I suppose a gull must have dropped it.  We are near creeks and the Neuse River, but not near enough for a crayfish to crawl.
My friends are awaiting your answer.  Thank you, again!

Location: New Bern, North Carolina

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