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Subject: Bug on apple/pear trees
Location: Utah, USA
June 11, 2014 6:01 pm
This bug “clicks” 4 times in succession and bugs on trees across the yard answer in kind. It’s quite loud and I only noticed them in the last couple of weeks. It is late Spring now and has been sunny for several weeks. The bugs are on the branches of my two apple and one pear tree and are about 3/4 to 1″ long? All three trees have fruit that is about 1/3 of the way to harvest and don’t appear to have any damage. The bugs can fly and are quite large.
Signature: Kind of scared of large flies

Cicadas

Cicadas

Dear Kind of scared of large flies,
We have been away from the office for ten days, and on Friday the 13th, we were trying to prepare your submission for posting when our shuttle to the airport arrived early, so our response has been delayed.  These are Cicadas, and though they resembles large flies, they are not related to flies.  Cicadas are among the most “vocal” insects in the world, though the sound that they produce does not emanate from vocal cords.  According to Cicada Mania:  “Cicadas are insects, best known for the sounds made by male cicadas. The males make this sound by flexing their tymbals, which are drum-like organs found in their abdomens. Small muscles rapidly pull the tymbals in and out of shape — like a child’s click-toy. The sound is intensified by the cicada’s mostly hollow abdomen. Female cicadas also make a sound by flicking their wings, but it isn’t the same as the song cicadas are known for.”  According to BugGuide:  “Males sing loudly during the day to attract mates.”
  You do not need to fear the Cicadas, and they will not harm your fruit, and though they might feed on the plants, according to BugGuide:  “Despite their numbers and large size, cicadas do little damage to crops or trees.”  We are uncertain of the species as “There are 166 species of cicadas in the United States and Canada” according to BugGuide.

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Subject: cicada nymphs??
Location: Sandia Park, NM
May 27, 2014 4:40 pm
Hi,
Have seen adult cicadas all our lives-are these nymphs? They are all over our pine trees and make lots of “clicking noises” sort of like the initial cicada noises.
Thanks!
Signature: Warner family

Cicada

Cicada

Dear Warner Family,
Immature Cicadas, known as nymphs, live underground and they do not have wings.  These are adult Cicadas of some small species.  We will attempt to identify your Cicadas to the species level.

Thanks so much for getting us this far.
We really appreciate your site for all our bug-questions!

Cicada

Cicada

Cicada

Cicada

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Subject: green feet striped body
Location: Lafayette CA
May 18, 2014 9:41 pm
I saw this bug while sitting in a log ampitheatre. It is mostly oaks and some bays and toyon. In Lafayette, CA which is in the east bay area of northern california. No wings visible,
Signature: AMK

Cicada Nymph

Cicada Nymph

Dear AMK,
This is an immature Cicada, known as a nymph.  Immature Cicadas spend their entire lives underground feeding from the roots of plants.  Then when they are nearing maturity, they dig their way to the surface, molt one final time and emerge as winged adults.  Many Cicadas spend several years as nymphs, and the record is held by the Periodical Cicada or 17 Year Locust which spends 17 years underground, often emerging in huge numbers on a cyclical basis.  We will try to identify this species, though that might not be possible.

Thank you so much- this was from girl scout camp, so many will learn from this!!!
Ann

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Subject: Carlos
Location: Costa Rica
April 29, 2014 6:10 pm
Este insecto no lo había visto antes y lo encontré en un pueblo llamado Zarcero de Costa Rica.
Signature: CarlosAS

Cicada

Cicada

Hola CarlosAS,
Este insecto es una CHICHARRA.  The Cicadas are very vocal insects, and they are considered among the loudest insects in the world.  According to the Book of Insect Records:  “The African cicada,
Brevisana brevis (Homoptera: Cicadidae) produces a calling song with a mean sound pressure level of 106.7 decibels at a distance of 50cm. Two species of North American cicadas, Tibicen walkeri Metcalf and T. resh (Haldman), produce an alarm call with a mean sound pressure level of 105.9 dB(50cm). Brevisana brevis is likely the loudest insect species on record. Cicada songs are species-specific and play a vital role in communication, reproduction, and possibly defense.”  We will attempt to identify your species of Cicada.

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Subject: Flying Bug
Location: San Jose, California
March 30, 2014 10:59 pm
We found this bug on our car in San Jose Ca. On March 19th 2014 around mid day. It stayed on our car as we drove to the store. It finally left our car after we drove to another store. It did not move as we opened and closed the door it was on.
Any info would be great. Thank you.
Mike
Signature: Mike

Cicada

Cicada

Hi Mike,
This is a Cicada, a member of a family of insects that are often mistaken for large flies.  Though your images are all out of focus and lacking in critical detail, we believe your Cicada is in the genus
Platypedia based on this photo posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Unidentified beetle or fly
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 23, 2014 11:57 am
Hello bug lovers,
I caught this photo of a bug that looks like a fly which is as big as a tree sparrow. I first taught it was a bird who got trapped in my condo which is on the 16th floor. Its wings is wide and has striking orange veins. Which from a far looked like a bird and one would assume that since its on the 16th floor. So i wanted to help it find the openings to freedom but it kept flying low down the wall on the floor and beneath the sofa. So i decided to capture it first which was difficult cause i was a bit frightened by the size. I finally caught it in a container ( dont worry i didnt hurt the guy not even a scratch) then i took photos of it. I got worried since it decided not to move anymore after it got caught but it was only playing dead. Then i released it on the ground floor of my condo. It flew away really quick but it looked majestic. From the photo i took you can see its bright green neck. The only sound it made was from flapping the wings. Hope you can identify it for me b ecause this is the first time ever ive seen it. It is a really beautiful insect, you shouldve seen it fly with its wings spread wide and bright. I live in a condo which is in the heart of the city, Kuala Lumpur.
Signature: Danial

Cicada:  Tacua speciosa

Cicada: Tacua speciosa

Dear Danial,
This gorgeous insect is neither a beetle nor a fly, but rather a Cicada.  It is
Tacua speciosa, and there are several images on Cicada ManiaAccording to Cicada Mania:  “The Tacua speciosa is a beautiful cicada native to Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, Sumatra, and other countries & islands in the Malay Archipelago” and it “is one of the largest cicadas.”  Though you did not hear any sounds, Cicadas are among the loudest of all insects.

Cicada:  Tacua speciosa

Cicada: Tacua speciosa

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