Calling all bug geeks and entomologists – someone please help me identify this little guy…


Day 280

While waiting for the air compressor to inflate our Stand-up Paddle boards this morning, I ventured out into the nearby woods in search of a photo-op and found a bug that I can’t recall having seen before. As I’m a big dork when it comes to bugs, I excitedly snapped away at the unknown creature before packing my camera away so we could hit the water for some much-needed exercise and sunshine. Once home, I downloaded the pics and neither my husband or I could identify this little guy. We literally scoured the Internet looking for anything that resembled him and we had zero luck. I have to say I think he had us stumped!

I would love it if anyone can help me put a name to this little guy’s “face”…

Snapped using my Canon 6D, Canon 100mm Macro lens with settings at 1/400, f/4.5, ISO 800

“Being a little weird is just a natural side-effect of being awesome…” Sue Fitzmaurice


10 thoughts on “Calling all bug geeks and entomologists – someone please help me identify this little guy…

  1. spearfruit

    Great picture Molli; It looks like a cicada. They are very common here in North Texas during this time of the year. They are in a shell like in your photo and then they emerge from it and basically make a very loud noise. They are harmless. Have a great week.

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  2. llama70

    It’s the shed exoskeleton of a cicada nymph. It will spend between 1 and 17 years, depending on the species, underground in this form sucking on sap from tree roots. After this time it digs out of the ground and emerges into and adult with wings. The males are the loudest insects on the planet!

    Native Americans used to grind up these exoskeletons into their flour for a little extra shot of protein. It may seem gross by our standards but it’s really the same thing as a protein shake!

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    1. ThePhotoEnthusiast

      Very cool – thank you! Living at 5500 ft above sea-level in a semi-arid tundra I’ve never seen one. Apparently in Colorado they are rarely seen, only heard – I’m definitely not eating one (ground or not)


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