Minnie’s son spotted this cicada nymph on a trail and hoped it was a new discovery that he could name. Perhaps not a new species, it is a very cool find. We’ve only ever found the shed exoskeletons of the nymphs before. Never the living thing. Cicada nymphs generally spend all of their time underground, where they tap into roots and suck sap. After likely several years, this fellow journeyed to the surface and was in the process of finding a spot to molt. It’s tough to guess the species until the adult emerges and the exoskeleton hardens.
Photo by Minnie Wells Mateer on 7/9/20 in Missoula, MT.