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Subject:  Strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Las Vegas, NV
Date: 07/27/2019
Time: 03:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Not sure what bug this is, is it some kind beetle?
How you want your letter signed:  Dear, Ryan

Citrus Cicada

Dear Ryan,
We located your Cicada on Bird and Hike where it is identified as
Diceroprocta apache, the Desert Cicada but on BugGuide, the common name is listed as Citrus Cicada.

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Subject:  Just submitting this picture. Thought it was really beautiful!
Geographic location of the bug:  Odenville, Alabama
Date: 07/24/2019
Time: 02:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I wanted to submit this picture I took today. Found this guy on my porch and thought it was beautiful! I am not sure what kind of bug this is but thought you guys would like the picture!
How you want your letter signed:  Brittni

Southern Oak Cicada

Dear Brittni,
Not to demean other submissions we receive, but we get much more pleasure reading a letter like yours that is actually excited about an insect sighting than we like reading submissions from horrified parents who have killed some insect because they fear for their child’s welfare, or from paranoid homemakers who believe everything that gets into the house poses a threat to the home and its inhabitants, or because a person perceives things that no one else believes are living in their bloodstream and that look like blurry chunks of mucous.  This magnificent insect is a Cicada, but it is not like the typical Dog Day Harvestflies we get submitted each summer.  We believe your individual is a Northern Dusk Singing Cicada,
Megatibicen auletes, which we identified thanks to numerous images on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide it is also known as the Southern Oak Cicada and “Despite the common name, this cicada is most common across the South.  Extreme n. Florida (“the Highlands”), Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina & Virginia.” BugGuide also notes:  “T. auletes is our LARGEST EASTERN Tibicen SPECIES.  In fact, it appears to be our largest and most robust North American Cicada (north of Mexico).”  A final note from BugGuide is “PRUINOSITY: These cicadas often look as though they are molded or have been dusted in “powdered sugar”. No other US species is so pruinose (NOTE: This white wax will wipe off and over time, esp. in older specimens, much of the white can be lost! Reduced white wax often changes the general appearance of these insects).”  According to Cicada Mania:  “These very large cicadas are loud, but not the loudest.”  According to Insect Singers:  ” Grating slow-pulsed song.  Calls from high in large trees.”  Thank you for your sweet submission and also for getting us off to a cheerful morning.

Thank you so much for the information! My son and I love taking pictures of wildlife and learn as much as we can! Thank you for everything that you do!

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Subject:  What’s that bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Mississauga, Ontario
Date: 07/20/2019
Time: 05:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this on my pizza box outside today
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Julie,
This is the shed exoskeleton or exuvia of a Cicada.  A Cicada is a winged insect that makes noise in trees and spends years underground as a nymph.  When maturity nears, the nymph digs to the surface and molts one final time, emerging as an adult winged Cicada.  The nymph generally climbs a vertical surface, like a wall or tree trunk or fence post.  The Cicada that emerged from this exuvia selected your discarded pizza box.

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Subject:  Hornet/ wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Pearland TX
Date: 07/06/2019
Time: 04:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This hornet attacked a locust and was dragging it around in the grass in the backyard just yesterday July 5 2019
How you want your letter signed:  KMB

Cicada Killer with Cicada prey

Dear KMB,
This Wasp is a Cicada Killer and its prey is a Cicada, not a Locust which is actually a Grasshopper.  Cicada Killers are not aggressive.  The female Cicada Killer stings and paralyzes a Cicada and then drags it to her burrow to serve as food for her brood.

Cicada Killer

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Subject:  Scary bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia, rainy
Date: 06/09/2019
Time: 10:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I went outside to take my dog out, and outside our garage door were these two bugs and they have been there now for a few hours without any movement
How you want your letter signed:  bugman

Annual Cicada with Exuvia

This is an image of a winged Annual Cicada and the shed larval skin or exuvia it left behind when it emerged from living underground and metamorphosed into a winged adult.  Annual Cicadas are also known as Dog Day Harvestflies and they are considered the loudest insects on earth.

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Subject:  Cicadas being decapitated
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Pennsylvania
Date: 05/25/2019
Time: 09:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found several dozen cicada decapitated very close to their malted skins. What is causing the decapitation?
* Note I lined the bodies up in pic…
How you want your letter signed:  Dirk Rupert

Decapitated Cicadas

Dear Dirk,
Your image is the first one we are posting this year of the emergence of the Brood VIII, the population of Periodical Cicadas, incorrectly called 17 Year Locusts, which has just begun to emerge in western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia according to Cicada Mania.  For years we have been posting images of decapitated Cicada heads, but our images have been of the heads left behind when a predator has eaten the body.  Your case is different because the perpetrator did not eat the nutritious body, so it wasn’t hungry.  We suspect a house cat might be responsible for your mystery.

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