CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cicada (Tibicen sp.)
One of the annual cicadas. I can’t be positive of species since he didn’t hang around long enough for a full photo shoot.
“Cicadas are seldom of economic importance in Florida.” source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in602
“On the positive side, it should be noted that cicadas do not bite or sting and harbor no organisms known to be harmful to vertebrates. They provide food for many kinds of wildlife, including birds, small mammals, and other insects. Newly emerged adults are easily caught and have been used for food by humans, either raw or cooked, and are even credited with having saved some family groups from starvation early in the history of North America.” ibid.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: LAUREL OAK; DIAMOND OAK (Quercus laurifolia)