What was this insect?
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
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.