Southern Utah Cicada  (three photos)

"Citrus Cicada"
Species Diceroprocta apache
1 inch 

Utah cicada
Brand spankin' new Diceroprocta apache cicada having just emerged from the exuvia.  Nature at her perfection. Marilyn Davis
from St. George, Utah noticed this strange insect on a tree in her yard and took a picture.  What a great find and a
neat photo! Marilyn Davis, 7-24-2008


brown cicada
When I went down to visit my brother in St. George, his wife, Marilyn, told me about the newly-hatched cicada and showed me
the picture. The above 2 photos were taken a few weeks after she took her photo.  I found this mature cicida and many others
"singing" in her back yard. Carol Davis 8-16-2008


brown cicada
   The alarm call of the Diceroprocta apache is one of the loudest among all insects, according to this article by the BBC.  Decibel levels
can reach over 105. 
It seems only appropriate that as the St. George temperature settles at around 105, so should the cicada decibel
 level. 
The city residents rarely experience the noise anyway since they are trapped in their homes and offices with the air conditioner
or swamp cooler blasting away.
Cicadas like these, who live in the hot desert, sweat to keep cool (evaporative cooling).  You can see a
drop of sweat on the front leg of this one. This cicada is not only sweaty, but pretty.
Carol Davis, 8-16-2008
 
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