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Subject: Odd Bug on Tree
Location: Massachusetts
July 15, 2017 1:05 pm
Hey bugman,
I was weed whacking today and noticed a very odd Bug on our pear tree. I’ve never seen anything like it before and it was 3-4 inches in length. What do you guys think this bug could be?
Signature: Sean

Teneral Cicada

Dear Sean,
This is a teneral or newly molted Annual Cicada.  If you look closely at your image, you can see the exuvia or cast-off exoskeleton several inches below the Cicada and to the left.

Teneral Cicada with Exuvia

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Subject: Clicking bug but I down think it’s a beetle
Location: Largo fl
July 19, 2017 7:45 am
It was on my mom’s scrunchy hairtie, she said it kept clicking and she pulled her hair out of a bun, and this bug didn’t even flinch.
It’s slightly red on its back and it’s like shaking one of its back wings. It’s not hurt but it won’t leave.
Signature: Cevanna

Small Grass Cicada

Dear Cevanna,
This is a Cicada, and based on the information you provided, we are guessing it was a very small Cicada, probably a Small Grass Cicada in the genus
Cicadetta, and according to BugGuide:  “These are small delicate cicadas often mistaken for “Tree/Leaf Hoppers”.  All members are less than an inch in length incl. wings.  They are variable in color from bright lime green to tan to boldly patterned with browns and/or greens.”  Cicadas are among the most vocal of all insects, and large Cicadas produce the loudest sounds in the insect class.

Thanks so much! It was driving me crazy because usually I can investigate Google until I find it but I couldn’t with this bug!

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Quakertown, pa
July 12, 2017 10:28 am
Found this in my backyard on a tree stump. Brown dry scaling outter cover. Prehistoric looking. Just hanging on like the picture looks.
Signature: Curiosity wants to know!

Exuvia of a Cicada

This is the exuvia or cast-off exoskeleton of a Cicada.

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Subject: What is this thing?
Location: Buffalo MN
July 9, 2017 2:13 pm
I found this under the soil in my shade garden. It has big red orange eyes. It looks like a slug of some sort but has legs that look almost like spider legs. Can I feed it to my son’s pet toad???
Signature: John and Nessa

Periodical Cicada Nymph

Dear John and Nessa,
This is a Cicada nymph, and immature Cicadas spend their juvenile lives underground feeding of fluids from plant roots.  We believe the red eyes are evidence that this is the nymph of a Periodical Cicada, commonly called a 17 Year Locust in northern states where the nymph survives underground for 17 years, emerging in late spring with 1000s of other Periodical Cicadas.  Here is a FlickR image of a Periodical Cicada nymph.  This year we documented an unusual Brood X emergence of stragglers.  You may enjoy the information on the Minnesota Gardener page.

Periodical Cicada Nymph

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Subject: Neotibicen superbus
Location: Upper Texas Coast
July 4, 2017 11:34 pm
I found this superb dog-day cicada, Neotibicen superbus, lying in the street a week or two ago. While it is sadly deceased, I sent it in anyway because you do not seem to have another picture of the species aside from a blurry one from some years ago.
The cicada provided a meal for some ants, one of which is visible near the wing.
Signature: Lachlan

Superb Dog Day Cicada

Dear Lachlan,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a Superb Dog Day Cicada.  According to BugGuide:  “This is the ‘greenest’ member of the Genus
Tibicen and characteristically distinct.  The abdomen and the outer margins of the wings are usually strongly yellowish-tan in color while the remainder of the insect is a bright lime green with reduced black patterning as compared with related species.”  BugGuide also notes it is “distinct in appearance and rarely if ever confused with other Tibicen spp.”

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Subject: Fairy Cicada
Location: Austin, Texas (June 21, 2017)
June 22, 2017 7:11 am
So, fairies have cicadas too?
As a lifelong Cicada lover, this is the tiniest shell I have seen. I thought it was a bee!
Signature: Joy always~ Quay

Possibly Exuvia of a Grass Cicada

Dear Joy,
While we cannot state conclusively that the exuvia you discovered belongs to a member of the genus
Cicadetta, the Small Grass Cicadas, there is a strong possibility that it does.  According to BugGuide:  “These are small delicate cicadas often mistaken for ‘Tree/Leaf Hoppers’.  All members are less than an inch in length incl. wings.  They are variable in color from bright lime green to tan to boldly patterned with browns and/or greens.”   According to BugGuide, Cicadetta texana is found from “TX to Gulf Coast” but there are no images. 

Grass Cicada Exuvia, we believe

We are guessing the Exuvia of a Grass Cicada

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