Tibicen davisi (Southern Dog Day Cicada Cast).
| Hanging in there ... This cast is likely from the Southern Dog Day Cicada (Tibicen davisi). I can't believe that it picked this spot on top of a flower. The species is very common in the Southeast and closely associated with pine trees. The bug guide expert who assigned the species mentioned Diceroprocta olympusa as another remote possibility. |
bug guide (this photo):
Tibicen tibicen ssp. australis (Southern Swamp Cicada).
| A mighty insect! After hearing it fly against the window, my first instinct was to keep a safe distance. This "annual cicada" can be found every year, although their nymphs spend 2-3 years feeding on tree roots. The UF link states that there are 19 different cicada species in Florida. The small photo on the right is a photo of a female (08/28/14). The gold-colored "dusting" suggests that it emerged only hours ago. It is best seen on this high-res version.
bug guide (large photo):