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Subject:  Most Curious
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 09/09/2017
Time: 04:32 PM EDT
Hi Daniel,
Wondering if you can shed some light on this. I found this very sluggish cicada on my deck this afternoon and while I was crouched a food away taking photos, I realized that it had some sort of small fly (or wasp?) on its head. I wonder if the fly/wasp is some sort of parasite? Have you seen anything like this?
The cicada seemed to be nearing the end of its life as I was able to pick it up and move it to a safer spot in the garden quite easily.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah E Bifulco

Possible Parasitoid Wasp with Cicada

Dear Deborah,
This is not a fly.  It is a wasp and we suspect it is a parasitoid species of Braconid or Chalcid, though we do not know if any members of those family parasitize Cicadas, which means we have some interesting research ahead of us.  Before we can do that research, we will be posting your images.  We do want to forewarn you that we closely cropped one of your images to show the wasp better, and that cut off your signature.  Of the Chalcids, BugGuide states:  “most parasitize eggs or immature stages of other insects or arachnids” and “Some are used to control insect pests (Lepidoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera).”  Since Cicadas are in the order Hemiptera, it is possible that there might be a species, genus or family of Chalcids that preys upon Cicadas, but we have not been able to verify that at this time.  It is also possible that there is no evolutionary relationship between the two insects in your image and your images document a chance encounter.  We also found this BugGuide posting, but the larva appears to be Dipteran.

Possibly Parasitoid Wasp with Cicada

I actually wondered if it might be a wasp, so thanks for confirming.  I did a quick bit of search on anything (other than cicada killars) that parasitize cicadas but didn’t turn anything up.  Hopefully with your much more extensive network and knowledge base you can solve the mystery.  And, of course, crop away – that goes for any images I send your way.  I always appreciate you help very much.Very interesting.  I wondered if it might be a chance encounter, but the wasp was on the cicada’s head for close to 2 minutes, moving around mostly between the eyes.  I finally flicked it off with my finger.  Fascinating stuff…
Deborah Bifulco

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Subject:  Strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Delaware
Date: 09/07/2017
Time: 09:54 PM EDT
What is this? I found two of them today?
How you want your letter signed:  VS

Cicada Exuvia

Dear VS,
This is the shed exoskeleton or exuvia of a Cicada.

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Subject:  Patagonian Cicadas
Geographic location of the bug:  Argentine Patagonia
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 07:09 AM EDT
We visit Patagonia regularly to photograph plants. One Cicada species is particularly common on the dry steppe and mountain slopes of central Patagonia in spring and early summer (Image 1 – dark species). The second image (green species) I photographed shortly after emerging from its nymph stage – this one is from northern Argentine Patagonia (Neuquen Province). Any idea of genus / species?
How you want your letter signed:  Martin

Hairy Cicada: Tettigades chilensis???

Dear Martin,
The most obvious, unusual feature exhibited by the Cicadas in your images is their furriness, so we started our search with that in mind and quickly found this Cicada Mania posting of
Tettigades chilensis with the headline “one fuzzy cicada.”  The species is also pictured on FlickR, and we found an image from Chile on Coppermine Gallery.  If that is not the species, we believe we at least have the genus correct.  We suspect your second image is the teneral color of the newly metamorphosed Cicada and that it will darken.  Considering the furriness evident in your image, it would not be a leap to assume they might be the same species.  Thanks for sending in this exciting submission.

Teneral Cicada: Tettigades chilensis???

Hi Daniel,
Many thanks for your prompt reply. It certainly looks to be the same species.
Regards,
Martin

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Subject:  Cicada
Geographic location of the bug:  Dominican Republic, Santiago
August 28, 2017  10:28 AM
I had to,post this cicada, most cicadas in DR are dark, this is the first time I see a light colored one.
Do you know the genus and species?
How you want your letter signed:  Suzette

Cicada

Hi Suzette,
I am also including the image you sent in a previous email of a dark Cicada.  The spotting on the wings in both individuals looks similar, so it is possible there is some color variation within a single species.  The markings on the lighter Cicada look similar to the North American genus
Tibicen, commonly called the Annual Cicadas.  Unfortunately, there is no good database of Dominican insects available online.

Cicada

 

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Southern NH
August 23, 2017 1:31 pm
Can you please tell me what this is? Thanks!
Signature: Brian

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear Brian,
Congratulations on witnessing the metamorphosis of an Annual Cicada.

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Subject: Weird garden Bug
Location: Mansfield Ohio
August 23, 2017 4:18 pm
It is sitting on one of my tomato plant stacks. It is very odd. I don’t recall ever seeing it before
Signature: Nicole

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Nicole,
This is a Cicada exuvia, the cast-off exoskeleton.  Cicada nymphs live underground for years, feeding on the roots of plants, and when they near maturity, they dig to the surface and molt for the final time, emerging as winged adult Cicadas.

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