Utah Cicada  (three photos) 
Genus Platypedia putnami

1" long

black cicada

This little cicada was with a gazillion other cicadas in the Kolob Lookout
Overlook area of Zion National Park.  Unlike some of the cicadas
who make such high-pitched sounds, these make a clicking sound and are
referred to as "clicking" or "crepitating" cicadas.  They have not only
beauty but a less deafening form of communication.  Carol Davis 6-12-2009

I found this beautiful cicada at Payson Lakes on the Nebo Loop in Utah. 
I have never seen a cicada in Utah so this was pretty exciting to get
to see this one up close.  It was very cooperative.  Below is the shed skin
of an immature cicada.  The ant in the photo had been checking
 it out, too. Carol Davis, 7-6-2008

cicada case
An empty Cicada exuvia at Payson Lakes, UT. Carol Davis 7-6-2008

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