What was this insect?

Asked August 19, 2015, 1:23 AM EDT

A 4 in. insect landed on me in the Walmart parking lot tonight. It can fly though I don't know how much. The back 2/3-3/4 of the insect was a long oval shape. Do you know what this might have been?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

We are not sure what you saw. Possibilities include cicadas, beetles or even grasshoppers, though most are not quite that large.
Here are images of cicadas: https://www.google.com/search?q=cicada&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=923&source=lnms&tbm=i...

We'd suggest you look through a basic resource like this link to Bugguide to look at photos that most closely match what you saw: http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
If you start on the left hand side of the page you will see some basic shapes which will get you started.