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Subject:  Beige colored bug (looks like some type of beetle) with pinchers
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Pennsylvlania
Date: 08/12/2019
Time: 02:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi I took a few photos of this very bland beige colored beetle looking bug (but may be something else) with bulging eyes and pinchers almost like crayfish/crabs on my arbor this morning  Is not in my insect book so hoping you can help.  Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Marge

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Marge,
This is not a Beetle, and at this point it is not even an insect.  This is the cast off exoskeleton or exuvia of a Cicada.  The Cicada nymph has been living underground, and as it approached maturity, it dug to the surface and molted for the final time, eventually flying away as an adult winged Cicada.

Subject:  Cicadas
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, Nebraska
Date: 08/06/2019
Time: 03:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please try to identify this species of cicada? Sadly, it looks like it met it’s death with a vehicle, but does not look too far gone to identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Caleb Kilpatrick

Cicada: Megatibicen pronotalis

Dear Caleb,
We believe your Cicada might be
Megatibicen pronotalis which is pictured on BugGuide as well as being reported from Nebraska.

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.

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!

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.

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