OK, here's the game. You get three guesses to figure out what this mystery animal is. Here is clue number one.
There was a bit of magnification. Perhaps less will help your perception?
You've had your first two guesses. One more clue before all is revealed....
I found this one climbing a rope near a tree. It was probably the fact that I turned the photo 90 degrees that threw you off.
That's right, it's our friend of summer the "heat bug" also known as "cicada" or "harvestfly" or "locust." Apparently there are many species of these insects but one needs to be an expert to sort them out. I'm not an expert. I didn't even realize, until today, that there were so many different kinds: periodical cicada, 13 year cicada, dogday cicada, orchard cicada, and others without English names.