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Subject:  very large fly/ wasp. Jan 2019
Geographic location of the bug:  North Sydney
Date: 02/02/2019
Time: 12:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
This bug had gathered quite a crowd as it sat on the pavement (dead or close to) owing to its size. About 4 cm long, but as you can see from the photo also very fat. Sent friend the photo and he said it is a horsefly, but it seems this one is much much larger and the head doesn’t look right for a horsefly.
How you want your letter signed:  Steve F

Double Drummer

Dear Steve,
This is neither a Fly nor a Wasp, but you are not the first person who has submitted an image of a Cicada to our site thinking it was a giant fly.  Australia has much diversity when it comes to Cicadas, and the sounds that Cicadas produce make them familiar to many folks because of the sound and not because they have been observed.  Australians have also come up with some very creative common names for Cicadas, and your individual appears to be a Double Drummer,
Thopa saccata, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “Double Drummer Cicadas are the largest cicadas in Australia. They make loudest sound in the insect world. They are brown to orange-brown in colours with black pattern. On each side of the males’ abdomen there are the small pockets, the double drums, which are used to amplify the sound they produce. Females do not have the double drums but with longer abdomen tip.   Those large cicadas may not be seen easily because they usually stay on tree top. However, we always know they were there by hearing their loud songs. Their song is loud, piercing, chainsaw-like whine, which fluctuates smoothly in pitch. Singing occurs throughout the day and also at dusk in summer season.”

Many thanks Daniel.
What a wonderful service.
Best regards.
Steve

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Subject:  Beatle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  On my dying pine tree in wpb fl
Date: 11/06/2018
Time: 05:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this the southern pine bark beetle that is killing my trees just it’s adult form ?
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you Susan

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Susan,
This is the shed exoskeleton or exuvia of a Cicada.  The Cicada nymph lives underground for several years (as long as 17 years for the Periodical Cicada) and then digs to the surface where it molts, emerging as adult winged Cicada and leaving behind the exuvia.

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Subject:  Big fly looking insect
Geographic location of the bug:  North america
Date: 09/10/2018
Time: 06:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I’ve seen this type of bug before but usually they lay on the sidewalk.  I live in chicago illinois but I’m curious as to find what kind of bug it is and info on it.
Thank you :]
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Marlene

Mating Cicadas

Dear Marlene,
These are mating Annual Cicadas.  You list the location of the sighting as North America, and then you state you live in Chicago, but it is unclear if the image was taken in Chicago.  Because of the white spots that are so prominent on these Cicadas, we believe that based on BugGuide images, they are Scissor Grinders.

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Subject:  Flourescent green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Central California
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 12:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this little gem about 1 ft deep. Looks like some kind of crustacean.
How you want your letter signed:  Jwh

Cicada Nymph

Dear Jwh,
This is a Cicada nymph, and we have identified similar looking Cicada nymphs from the west coast in the past as being members of the genus 
Platypedia.

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Subject:  Wtf is this?!?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Orleans, LA
Date: 08/25/2018
Time: 01:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this alien on my cactus pot. It looks like it has antenna coming from the top and is about 1 inch wide. I’ve never seen anything like it.
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Head of a Cicada

Dear Chris,
This is the head of a Cicada, and we have several images in our archives of decapitated Cicada heads.  Our best educated guess is that a bird or some other predator fed on the fatty body of the Cicada, and neglected to eat the hard and not especially nutritious head.

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Subject:  Jade Color Cicada Nymph?
Geographic location of the bug:  Agoura Hills, CA
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 01:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  While digging for some sprinkler connection changes, we turned over this very unusual colored critter.  It is about 3/4 inch long.  It looks similar to a reference in WTB from Idaho to a cicada nymph.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Cicada Nymph

Dear Mike,
Like the Cicada nymph from Idaho in our archives, and the individual posted to BugGuide, we believe your Cicada nymph is in the genus 
PlatypediaBugGuide lists California as part of the range for the genus.  In his book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, Charles Hogue indicates that the Wide Headed Cicada, Platypedia laticapitata, is found locally, and though BugGuide does not have any records of that species, there is a posting from Agoura Hills on BugGuide that questions that identity.

Cicada Nymph

Thank you much!  It was such an unusual color that it really was striking.
Mike

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