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December 19, 2017

Australian Cicada Names 🇦🇺

Filed under: Australia,David Emery,L. W. Popple,Nathan Emery — Dan @ 1:01 am

It’s that time again: time for cicadas in Australia (2017-2018)!

Are you in the Sydney area? Report cicada sightings to The Great Cicada Blitz (Sydney, AUS).

I’ll list reports of cicadas as I see them on social media:

Australia has the best cicada names:

Cyclochila australasiae

Green Grocer

Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)
Photo by Bron.

Green Grocer

rare green yellow Green Grocer
Photo by Kevin Lee. Yellow-Green Green Grocer with Mask.

Yellow Monday

Tom Katzoulopolopoulous (Cyclochila australasiae)
Photo by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.


Blue Moon

Blue Moon (Cyclochila australasiae)
Photo by David Emery.

Masked Devil

Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae)
Photo by David Emery.


Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker (Macrotristria angularis)

Cherry Nose cicada (Macrotristria angularis)
Photo by David Emery.

Bagpipe Cicada (Lembeja paradoxa)

Lembeja paradoxa
Photo by David Emery.

Floury Baker (Abricta curvicosta)

Michelle Thompson's Floury Baker (Abricta curvicosta)
Photo by Michelle Thompson.

Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)

Anapsaltoda pulchra (Golden Emperor) from Herberton (Queensland) by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)
Photo by Kevin Lee.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)
Photo by Jodi.

White Drummer (Arunta perulata)

White Drummer cicada (Arunta perulata)
Photo by David Emery.

Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)

Cystosoma saundersii (bladder cicada)
Photo by David Emery.

Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens)

Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens)
Photo by David Emery.

Click images for larger versions.

More interesting names:

Use this amazing image by David Emery to identify some of the most well-known Australian cicada species:

Aussie cicadas 1 (3)

People and Resources:

L. Popple’s website The Cicadas of Australia, is the best site for Australian cicadas. Follow @_DrPop_ on Twitter.

Nathan Emery’s Great Cicada Blitz. Follow Nathan on Twitter @ecotechnica and on Facebook.

Nathan Emery released a cicada book called “A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region”. You can purchase it on eBay.

A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region

Common names of Australian insects.

Laura Imbruglia sings songs that mention Green Grocers and Yellow Mondays on her album “It Makes a Crunchy Noise”.

20 Comments

  1. Margaret Barlin says:

    We live on a farm at Lorne just outside Kendall NSw and the cicadas have been deafening this summer. Interestingly I have found no bladder cicadas this year and very few green grocers all the other varieties have been in abundance though. My granddaughters have had a marvellous time collecting and identifying them.

  2. Wendy Duffy says:

    Hello. We have just returned from a couple of days camping on a property we have bought up near Gloucester/Barrington Tops in NSW. The noise from the cicadas was deafening. I’m wondering if you might be able to tell me which species they are likely to be in that area and if they they are likely to sing so loudly and in such large numbers in future years. Many thanks.

    1. Dan says:

      Wendy,

      The loudest species is the Double Drummer/Thopha saccata — might be that.
      See http://dr-pop.net/saccata-003.htm for a sound sample.

      Others:
      Razor Grinders http://dr-pop.net/eydouxii-018.htm
      Redeyes http://dr-pop.net/moerens-089.htm
      Green Grocers http://dr-pop.net/australasiae-048.htm

  3. Steve Oh says:

    Plenty of Floury Bakers in the lower Blue Mountains right now. One flew in my car window as I was driving. It hit my shoulder and flew into the back seat. Upon recovering it, I noticed that its abdomen had popped off quite neatly. The poor bloke was still very much alive 6 hours later. Is this some kind of defense, like skinks dropping their tails?

  4. Ria says:

    We just moved to Artarmon area, very near to the station, and was surprised to hear the loud singing of Cicadas.
    Though it might be music to some, I wanna know when do they stop. And are they dangerous ? My 3yo often go around them.
    Thanks !

    1. Dan says:

      They aren’t dangerous in that they’re not venomous not do they transmit disease. Prolonged exposure to their song might cause hearing damage though. Double Drummers can get up around 120db. Definitely don’t put one up to your ear.

  5. Bevan Wall says:

    Just recorded some video of an absolute plague of Floury Baker, and what I thought were Black Princes, but after looking at some photos on this site I now think may be Red Eye,cicadas in my backyard at Elanora Heights, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
    https://youtu.be/CZzHn5VpsOM

  6. Georg Kalmar says:

    Missing is the Black Prince which was almost mythical and the dream of each kid to find one (I did it was very small). The female Green Grocers were called “Pissers because they sprad a clear liquid on you.

    For us kids, who lived in Lane Cove, to catch them it was a sin to get them when they came out of their shells and were still wet. We believed if we gave a thousand wings to a certain company, they would give a wheel chair to a poor kid.

    Since the Green Grocers had a four-year cycle and the Yellow Bakers a three-year cycle ever twelve years their emergence would coincide and the din was unbelievable. On off years just a few would come out.

  7. david emery says:

    “Blue moons” could occur wherever there are “green grocers” with an estimated frquency of 1/10000. But strangely enough, despite the absolute huge numbers of GGs about this 2013 season from September, no blue moons seem to have been found/ photographed/ handed to the Australian Museum. Claudine’s “indelicate” is probably the nickname given to female cicadas as males croak loudly when caught, females only can excrete water!
    Chris, what species cam to dive into the pool?

  8. Chris Evans says:

    WOW……what a site. Last night we had a late night swim in the pool and turned the lights on. Big mistake. There were cicadas coming from every here. Spent our time rescuing them all. We are in the Hawkesbury district. I am over the moon about the number of cicadas. We start them singing by shining a torch in the trees at night. Fabulous.

  9. Claudine ogden says:

    As a child I collected cicadas in Sydney. The boys taught me all the names & one of them is not mentioned probably because it is indelicate. It was called the Pisswacker presumably because it made no noise and released water on you , it was probably a female and did this when caught.

  10. Daemon says:

    I am sitting in my mums backyard listening to their song and little else. I remembered the black price also but couldn’t remember the green grocer. Thanks for the memory kick is getting much more difficult as I approach my 60th.today is mums 86th.

  11. lex says:

    where could you find the blue moon around Australia ??

    1. Dan says:

      Near Sydney (according to L. Popple). I’ve also read that they are more prevalent in hilly areas.

  12. erexun says:

    “My fav one is the blue moon how beautiful.”
    How much is it possible?

  13. Brian Flaherty says:

    Excellent page. Reminder of the glorious days of summer when I was a youngster.
    You didn’t mention that the local pharmacist bought black princes wings and made some
    special concoction from them.
    Why were they known as “locusts” 50 years ago?

    1. Dan says:

      I think they called them locusts because they reminded people of the locusts that are actually grasshoppers.

  14. a adam says:

    haha – very cool in a nerdy way :)

  15. Ben says:

    That ‘chocolate soldier’ one is actually a ‘red rocket’ but i think the names for the other ones are very clever. My fav one is the blue moon how beautiful.

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