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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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Subject: What is this thing?
Location: Eastern Ontario
August 21, 2017 1:46 pm
Was at an artshow in Kingston, Ontario and found this guy crawling on the outside of the tent. Not a clue what he is but he startled me when I saw him.
He was a couple of inches in size and was completely unrecognizable to me.
Signature: Chris

Cicada Nymph

Dear Chris,
This is a Cicada nymph, and it has been living underground, feeding from plant roots for several years.  As it nears maturity, it digs to the surface, and will soon molt and emerge as a winged adult Cicada.

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Subject: Small cicada
Location: Eastern Nebraska
August 15, 2017 9:54 am
I was looking for information on small cicadas and found this post; I’m from Nebraska and was wondering if that’s what you think this might be. (Observed at the beginning of July). 2008/07/13/unknown-cicada-from-texas/
Signature: Stephanie

Possibly Small Grass Cicada

Dear Stephanie,
We believe this might be a Small Grass Cicada in the genus
Cicadetta, and according to BugGuide:  “These are small delicate cicadas often mistaken for ‘Tree/Leaf Hoppers’.  All members are less than an inch in length incl. wings.  They are variable in color from bright lime green to tan to boldly patterned with browns and/or greens.”

Thank you.  I think that southern grass cicada (cicadetta calliope) looks like it.  I’m usually able to identify “bugs” right away thanks to your site.  That one had me confused so thanks for the help. Stephanie

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Subject: Morphing Cicada?
Location: Midland, Michigan
August 10, 2017 5:54 pm
My kids and I found this guy on their swingset mid-morph, we believe. When we returned hours later, just the brown shell was left.
Signature: CHELSEA G.

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear CHELSEA,
You and your children were quite lucky to observe this Annual Cicada Metamorphosis.  The nymph had been living underground for several years prior to digging to the surface to transform into a winged adult.  The “brown shell” is the exoskeleton left behind, and it is called the exuvia.

Cicada Metamorphosis

Cicada Exuvia

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Subject: South Korean insect
Location: Yongin, South Korea
August 11, 2017 9:26 am
Location: Yongin, South Korea (near Seoul).
Date: 11th of August 2017
Weather: Hot and humid (about 30 degrees Celsius)
I found this insect lying on its back on the outside of my hotel. The hotel is in urban area but there are small parks with ponds nearby.
When I turned it around it did not fly away but tried to climb the marble outer wall of the hotel. It lost grip (again ?) and fell back to the helpless position in which I spotted it the first time.
I held out my finger. It grabbed them and I set it into a small bush.
It did not move, just held on. Had no visible damage but seemed stunned or poisoned.
Did not try to fly a single time.
After 10 minutes it was still there. When I checked after one hour it was gone.
Hope it survived
Signature: Hertha

Cicada

Dear Hertha,
The green veined, black wings on this Cicada are beautiful.  We are attempting to identify the species for you. We are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian award.

Cicada

Dear Daniel,
thank you for the quick answer and your efforts to find out the species.
Hertha

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Mi
August 7, 2017 5:49 pm
Can you please tell me what this bug is?
Signature: K

Cicada Nymph

Dear K,
This Cicada Nymph has been living underground for several years, and now that it is approaching maturity, it has dug to the surface and it will molt for a final time, flying away as a winged adult  Annual Cicada, sometimes called a Dog Day Harvestfly.

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