Photo by Cami Schlappy

This Grand Western Flood Plain Cicada (Megatibicen cultriformis) was found in the Patagonia Town Park. These cicada make a loud buzzing sound in sycamores, cottonwoods, and willows usually in the early autumn months. They use their calls to locate other cicadas. 

Eggs are laid on dead twigs. After hatching, the nymphs burrow into the soil and feed on root sap for several years. Eventually, the nymphs emerge and immediately shed their last nymphal skin to reveal their final adult winged form. Empty exoskeletons can be found hanging on vertical surfaces