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ID this ugly bug, please?

Posted by ghostlyvision 8b/9a (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 17:14

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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RE: ID this ugly bug, please?

  • Posted by fori CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 21:39

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.


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RE: ID this ugly bug, please?

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


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


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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.


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RE: ID this ugly bug, please?

  • Posted by fori CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 20, 14 at 12:07

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


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