Subject: No wings but looks like a wasp…?
Geographic location of the bug: Cupertino, CA
Time: 03:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this in my weedy front yard in the shade. At first I thought it was a large bee, but I don’t see any wings. And then I thought it might be a spider but I only see 6 legs. What in the world is this? Sorry I don’t have anything for scale in the photo. I’d guess it was about the size of my fingernail.
How you want your letter signed: Rena
You observed the metamorphosis of a Cicada. The nymph has been living underground feeding on roots, and as it neared maturity, it dug to the surface, climbed the plant upon which you observed it, split its skin and emerged as a winged adult. You did not notice the wings as they had not yet expanded and hardened. The pattern on the nymph resembles this nymph on BugGuide of a Platypedia species.