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What is this?

Observed: 6th April 2013 By: drnickmorris

I spotted this insect (dead) on the street in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. I think it is a real insect, but it has been suggested it is a toy. If it is a toy then the level of detail is amazing. The body was around 3 - 4 cm long.

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dejayM's picture

No joke

Yep - I thought it WAS a joke.
But it has all the features of Cicada, so I asked Mr Google - he is brilliant!
I'm not certain the New Forest bit is right, as iSpot gave me that. Won't be found in Hampshire I guess!
Here as well http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/tacua-speciosa/
Label it as an invertebrate to get more readers

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Thanks dejayM

I am convinced that is what it is. The description fits and it looks right.