Asked August 2, 2019, 5:17 PM EDT

I came across a Cicada stuck in a grass clump on the ground buzzing so got it out and it seemed to die. Is it dead or playing dead, do you know?

New Castle County Delaware

1 Response

Some species of cicadas can 'play dead' as a mechanism to avoid predators. This time of year there are some cicadas that are dying. I suspect the one you found was probably playing dead but may be getting close to its adult life expectancy.