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Found in southern Illinois in the driveway. What is this?

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    $\begingroup$ It looks like a recently emerged periodic cicada that ran into some problems. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Aug 5 '17 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ Was their grass / bushes around or just rocks? $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Aug 5 '17 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ Definitely a cicada.. it could be prematurely developed which has caused this milky characteristic to most of its body, and/or combined with environmental factors that could have effected it's outer coat. Is that possibly a bubble between the thorax and its left wing? Hmm.. $\endgroup$ – user22020 Aug 5 '17 at 19:59

Nice find! It looks to me like a Bush Cicada or scientificly Neotibicen dorsatus. It also looks like its injured, because we can see the white liquid around its wings and abdomen. Bush Cicadas tend to have a yellow or brown color but as shown here there is a wide variaty to the colourations that it might have:

Size (Adult, Length): 35mm to 57mm (1.38in to 2.24in)

Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, white, gold, black

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Texas; Wyoming; Mexico.

Here are and some photos:


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  • $\begingroup$ The cicada is black eyed and green and brown colored. Yours have red eyes, except for one. There are lots of different cicadas, though. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Aug 5 '17 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ @anongoodnurse And it is extremelly difficult to find a WHITE identical... XD $\endgroup$ – The_Mad_Fish Aug 5 '17 at 17:52
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    $\begingroup$ Many cicadas emerge white. That's not the issue. Your ID is off. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Aug 5 '17 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ @anongoodnurse Thanks for the edit I will take care for it right away... $\endgroup$ – The_Mad_Fish Aug 5 '17 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ Do you have a source for what the fluids of a cicada look like? I wasn't able to find it. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Aug 5 '17 at 18:05

It looks like a cicada of the Genus Tibicen, perhaps a "dog day" cicada (because of when they come out.)

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Here are others of that genus; they're very similar.

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Something is not right, though. I can't account for the white opaque liquid; even pictures of injured cicadas don't show it (at least that I can find.)

It looks like yours was dipped in Elmer's glue or something similar; the fluid is pooling under the wings and around the body. They usually hatch from a dry case, so I'm mystified.

  • $\begingroup$ About these white liquids you asked me, I checked and found that some cicadas "urinate" after the molt process, but the cicada above is a adult version... $\endgroup$ – The_Mad_Fish Aug 5 '17 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ Cicada urine is clear, and usually colorless or lightly colored. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Aug 5 '17 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ Then I don't know... ran out of ideas. $\endgroup$ – The_Mad_Fish Aug 5 '17 at 18:13

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