Exoskeleton of a cicada

6954.         We found this outside in our backyard on one of our kayaks and can’t figure out what it is. We have not went out in our kayaks at all lately so we couldn’t have picked it up somehow while out on the water so we have no clue how it got here and what it is. London, Ontario. Canada

Number 6954. This is the empty ‘shell’ (exoskeleton) of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely in the genus Neotibicen (annual/dog-day cicadas). Click here for a video of the molting process.

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  1. TAWNYA-ROSE MACDONALD says:

    Thank you for letting me know!! It actually wasn’t empty yet which is why is questioned what it was so it must have been the cicada actually coming out of the shell. It kind of freaked us out because it was moving but thank you so much for letting me know

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