ID this ugly bug, please?

ghostlyvisionJuly 19, 2014

Since we seem to have annual cicadas down here near Houston, i always thought that's what these things were, I find them clinging to branches and sometimes the house, but I looked up some pics and these don't look much like what I find on google for cicadas, so what are they?

Thanks much for the help.

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Fori is not pleased

CIcada nymph, or more likely, the cast skin of one as it unburied itself and became an adult. He's a noisy cicada right now.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:39PM
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ghostlyvision

Thanks so much fori, I wondered why they were light as air.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:15AM
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bragu_DSM 5

we had a 17-year cicada hatch this year ⦠this is what it looked like in june

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:31AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The tell-tale sign that this is an empty exoskeleton is the split back, from which the new adult extricates itself from its nymphal body. You can see it in the image and certainly in every shell that you find.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 8:39AM
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Fori is not pleased

You can usually find enough to decorate a string of Christmas lights. :)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:07PM
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