What is this Insect?

Asked August 19, 2018, 7:19 PM EDT

My friend lives just east of Moline, IL. Illinois has no outreach, so I am asking you.

She found this in her back yard. It was/is still alive. can you help?

Henry County Illinois

1 Response

Your pictures are of an old exoskeleton of a fourth instar cicada nymph that molted to become a winged cicada adult some time in the past. Here is information from the Ohio State University showing the life cycle of a cicada.(https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/ENT-58).