Apache Cicada

As the desert heat bakes the earth and drives most wild creatures to seek shelter in the shade, the Apache Cicadas (Diceroprocta apache) emerge from under the ground to find mates. Since these cicadas emerge in overlapping three year cycles, their emergence is an annual occurrence here.

Apache Cicada (Diceroprocta apache)

The early summer days are filled with the sound of the males' monotonous, droning buzz, which they use to attract the females.

Remarkably, Apache Cicadas stay cool by sweating, so they are able to remain active and singing out in the open during the sweltering daylight hours. They suck plant juices and then sweat out the moisture, which quickly evaporates and cools the cicada.