Look, let's get something straight. I am not the worlds biggest sissy when it comes to bugs, but I'm not David Attenborough either.

Now that that's out of the way, down to business. Living in Michigan as I do, I was quite surprised to find what looked like the spawn of Predator and a cicada living in my back yard. Suffice to say it made me nervous. In one of the pictures below, I have included a cigarette with about 3 drags smoked off of it for sizing.

Please offer insight into the true nature of this animal.

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    $\begingroup$ Looks like a crayfish to me. Did it smell bad? It looks pretty dead, was it in fact dead? Do you live near a river? $\endgroup$ – Resonating May 16 '15 at 0:38
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Almost certainly dead. Or very very chill. I don't live near anything remotely resembling a river. Where the picture was taken is in an electronics box just under a panel in my yard. Not deep (10 inches tops). Box is covered. This is what I saw when I lifted it. $\endgroup$ – dgo May 16 '15 at 1:03
  • $\begingroup$ How far away is the local water table? if you live in a wettish area it's probably a prairie crayfish. They're local to the region, apparently really common, and will live anywhere the dirt is wet. Or damp. (also, have you ever seen a live lobster?) $\endgroup$ – Resonating May 16 '15 at 1:15
  • $\begingroup$ I have seen a live lobster. Not on land though. I guess I live in a wettish area (it's on a golf course and there is varying terrain), but there is (too my knowledge) no immediate source of water within a couple 100 yards. In retrospect, it does look like a crayfish; I just was a bit shocked to find one in what I thought of as a relatively dry area. $\endgroup$ – dgo May 16 '15 at 3:09
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    $\begingroup$ This is not insect at any rate ))) $\endgroup$ – Anixx May 16 '15 at 8:02

In the absence of someone more qualified, I believe this to be a prairie crayfish, based on where it was found (land) and what it is (decapod of some kind that looks like a crayfish). Therefore it is unfortunately not an insect.

It's in the right range and roughly the right terrain.

I welcome entomologically qualified advice!

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, definitely a crayfish (Crustacea) and not an insect. Both groups belong to Arthropoda though. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater May 16 '15 at 7:47
  • $\begingroup$ Well; I guess it's okay that it's not an insect since it's a crayfish. I was more concerned about it being one of Satans minions. : [ $\endgroup$ – dgo May 16 '15 at 14:45

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