Cicada Nymph

Insect found in front yard…
July 15, 2009
This approx. 1.75 in long, about as thick as my pinkie finger. Very slow to move, very strong legs (held onto a stick I transferred him on), and two large front claws. Six legs, no wings. Has a butt that looks like a honey bee! Heavy, solid bug. Covered in some type of protective coating of sap and dirt or something.
Intrigued Mommy
Northern California, residential, July 2009 Summer

Cicada Nymph
Cicada Nymph

Dear Intrigued Mommy,
After spending several years underground, this Cicada Nymph has dug its way to the surface.  It will molt and become a winged adult.

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