Dusty Beetle Carcass

At first, finding this bug in the shrubs around my house made me nervous. I had never seen one of these before, and it looked like it could defend itself pretty readily. It wasn’t until I had taken a few pictures that I realized it was actually just a carcass — from that point on I realized it was OK to take these closeups.

Update: Its a cicada.


I can’t figure out what it is. At first I thought it was some kind of beetle, then after looking at the long tongue I started thinking it was a bumblebee. But, the front legs and wings don’t look right for that.


The front legs remind me slightly of the “Garthim” from the movie “The Dark Crystal”. This was the best image I could find of one of those.