Subject: Cicada casualty
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
December 12, 2016 7:47 pm
I gather this insect is a cicada, but I wonder if its demise was due to the powdery substance on it, if that could be smaller insects or a fungus. It just landed and died. This photo is from August 2013.
Signature: Lulu


Dear Lulu,
We are unable to determine the cause of death of this Cicada, but it does appear to have a red Mite crawling on it.  We will be postdating your submission to go live during our trip away from the office for the holidays, and this mystery will give our readership an opportunity to ponder what caused the demise of your Cicada.

Thanks!  BTW it was the bug, not me that landed & died!~~~

funny.  We didn’t notice the missing “t” in it and we will correct the typo.

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