Annual Cicada Metamorphosis

Subject: is this a cicada?
Location: Ankeny Iowa
July 30, 2016 8:56 am
Found this on our girls little play house this morning. Was wondering if this so sort of a cicada and if it’s harmful or not?
Signature: adanlifer

Cicada Metamorphosis
Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear Adanlifer,
Your image has captured the Metamorphosis of an Annual Cicada.  Nymphs live underground for several years, and when they are nearing maturity, they dig to the surface and molt one final time before flying off as winged adult Annual Cicadas.

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