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Subject:  What ciacada species is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Borneo, Sabah
Date: 04/24/2018
Time: 03:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there, please help me identify the cicada species.
How you want your letter signed:  gurveena

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear gurveena,
Your images illustrate the metamorphosis of two Cicadas, and we cannot even state for certain they are the same species as they are in different stages of the process.  Furthermore, they have not yet hardened after transformation and they have not yet assumed their final coloration.  Perhaps one of our readers more versed in the Cicadas of Borneo will be able to provide more conclusive identifications.  Your images are awesome.

Cicada Metamorphosis

Subject:  No wings but looks like a wasp…?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cupertino, CA
Date: 04/03/2018
Time: 03:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in my weedy front yard in the shade. At first I thought it was a large bee, but I don’t see any wings. And then I thought it might be a spider but I only see 6 legs. What in the world is this?  Sorry I don’t have anything for scale in the photo. I’d guess it was about the size of my fingernail.
How you want your letter signed:  Rena

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear Rena,
You observed the metamorphosis of a Cicada.  The nymph has been living underground feeding on roots, and as it neared maturity, it dug to the surface, climbed the plant upon which you observed it, split its skin and emerged as a winged adult.  You did not notice the wings as they had not yet expanded and hardened.  The pattern on the nymph resembles this nymph on BugGuide of a
Platypedia species.

Subject:  Possible alien life!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern California
Date: 03/19/2018
Time: 01:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this guy?! He looks like a cicada had a baby with a crab and possibly has a flea as an uncle. He’s very friendly and quite pretty underneath, with a dark green colour around his underside and claws/pinchers.
How you want your letter signed:  Rayne

Cicada Nymph

Dear Rayne,
You are very perceptive to have recognized the similarities between an adult Cicada and this immature nymph.  Cicada nymphs live underground where they feed by sucking fluids from the roots of plants and their front legs are powerful digging appendages. 

Cicada Nymph

Subject:  Most Curious
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 09/09/2017
Time: 04:32 PM EDT
Hi Daniel,
Wondering if you can shed some light on this. I found this very sluggish cicada on my deck this afternoon and while I was crouched a food away taking photos, I realized that it had some sort of small fly (or wasp?) on its head. I wonder if the fly/wasp is some sort of parasite? Have you seen anything like this?
The cicada seemed to be nearing the end of its life as I was able to pick it up and move it to a safer spot in the garden quite easily.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah E Bifulco

Possible Parasitoid Wasp with Cicada

Dear Deborah,
This is not a fly.  It is a wasp and we suspect it is a parasitoid species of Braconid or Chalcid, though we do not know if any members of those family parasitize Cicadas, which means we have some interesting research ahead of us.  Before we can do that research, we will be posting your images.  We do want to forewarn you that we closely cropped one of your images to show the wasp better, and that cut off your signature.  Of the Chalcids, BugGuide states:  “most parasitize eggs or immature stages of other insects or arachnids” and “Some are used to control insect pests (Lepidoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera).”  Since Cicadas are in the order Hemiptera, it is possible that there might be a species, genus or family of Chalcids that preys upon Cicadas, but we have not been able to verify that at this time.  It is also possible that there is no evolutionary relationship between the two insects in your image and your images document a chance encounter.  We also found this BugGuide posting, but the larva appears to be Dipteran.

Possibly Parasitoid Wasp with Cicada

I actually wondered if it might be a wasp, so thanks for confirming.  I did a quick bit of search on anything (other than cicada killars) that parasitize cicadas but didn’t turn anything up.  Hopefully with your much more extensive network and knowledge base you can solve the mystery.  And, of course, crop away – that goes for any images I send your way.  I always appreciate you help very much.Very interesting.  I wondered if it might be a chance encounter, but the wasp was on the cicada’s head for close to 2 minutes, moving around mostly between the eyes.  I finally flicked it off with my finger.  Fascinating stuff…
Deborah Bifulco

Subject:  Patagonian Cicadas
Geographic location of the bug:  Argentine Patagonia
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 07:09 AM EDT
We visit Patagonia regularly to photograph plants. One Cicada species is particularly common on the dry steppe and mountain slopes of central Patagonia in spring and early summer (Image 1 – dark species). The second image (green species) I photographed shortly after emerging from its nymph stage – this one is from northern Argentine Patagonia (Neuquen Province). Any idea of genus / species?
How you want your letter signed:  Martin

Hairy Cicada: Tettigades chilensis???

Dear Martin,
The most obvious, unusual feature exhibited by the Cicadas in your images is their furriness, so we started our search with that in mind and quickly found this Cicada Mania posting of
Tettigades chilensis with the headline “one fuzzy cicada.”  The species is also pictured on FlickR, and we found an image from Chile on Coppermine Gallery.  If that is not the species, we believe we at least have the genus correct.  We suspect your second image is the teneral color of the newly metamorphosed Cicada and that it will darken.  Considering the furriness evident in your image, it would not be a leap to assume they might be the same species.  Thanks for sending in this exciting submission.

Teneral Cicada: Tettigades chilensis???

Hi Daniel,
Many thanks for your prompt reply. It certainly looks to be the same species.