Cicadas…

phRBCCicadaUnlike the periodical cicadas emerging across the East Coast this year, cicadas native to Colorado emerge each summer and include those of the Platypedia genus, like this adult male that Cody Miller recently photographed near Elk Springs. Unlike most cicadas, males of this genus make sounds using “crepitation,” or snapping their wings together, to attract potential mates. The sound, according to Colorado State University entomologist Matt Camper, is reminiscent of clicking two coins together, unlike the shrill buzzing noise most cicadas produce with sound-producing organs called tymbals.