Nymph of a dog-day/annual cicada

6587.    Saw this very interesting Bug/Beetle yesterday on a walk with my boy. Late afternoon..around 4:30pm. Weather was sunny, But quite humid. Was just curious what this thing is. London Ontario. Canada


Number 6587. This is a nymph of a dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae). The nymphs spend three to five years underground feeding on sap from roots, and when fully grown, they tunnel up to the surface to find a safe place for the adult winged insect to emerge from its nymphal ‘shell.’ They are called annual cicadas because some emerge every year, and dog-day because their peak emergence usually in late summer (the dog-days).

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