Any idea what type this bug is? #805943

Asked August 12, 2022, 12:41 PM EDT

We found several of these on the posts under our deck.

Howard County Maryland

Expert Response

These are the old skins or exoskeletons (technically called exuviae) of cicadas. Cicadas are insects that live a part of their lives underground in the soil. When they emerge, they crawl up on surfaces like decks and trees and break out of these "skins" as they transition to adults with wings. Last year the periodical cicadas left a lot of these exuviae behind. At this time of year, you might see (and hear) the annual or "dog-day" cicadas. Here is our cicadas page with more information about them.

Christa Carignan Replied August 12, 2022, 2:38 PM EDT

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