According to Nathan Emery on Twitter, four new species of cicadas belonging to the genus Yoyetta have been described:
- Y. cumberlandi sp. nov.
- Y. fluviatilis sp. nov.
- Y. nigrimontana sp. nov.
- Y. repetens sp. nov.
See this paper for more information:
Emery, N.J., Emery, D.L., & Popple, L.W. (2015) A redescription of Yoyetta landsboroughi (Distant) and Y. tristrigata (Goding and Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) and description of four new related species. Zootaxa 3948 (3): 301–341.
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It’s that time again: time for cicadas in Australia!
Australia has the best cicada names:
Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker (Macrotristria angularis)
Bagpipe Cicada (Lembeja paradoxa)
Floury Baker (Abricta curvicosta)
Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)
Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)
White Drummer (Arunta perulata)
Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)
Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens)
Click images for larger versions and the name of the photographer.
More interesting names:
Use this amazing image by David Emery to identify some of the most well-known Australian cicada species:
David Emery is an Aussie cicada expert. His image of 10 common Aussie cicadas is an excellent visual guide to cicadas found in Australia.
Also, check out L. Popple’s Australian cicadas: The cicadas of central eastern Australia for dozens more, including sound files as well as images.
And, here’s more images of Aussie cicadas and their interesting names.
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David Emery wrote to let us know that cicada season has begun in parts of Australia:
After some 50mm of rain on 16-17 Sept and the warmest winter on record on the east coast, the “masked devil” morphs of Cyclochila australasiae were in good voice in the mountains west and south of Sydney, Australia on 22nd Sept. The bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii) are also rattling in Metro Sydney. These are about 2 weeks early this year as are several of the smaller grass cicadas and Pauropsalta species. Roll on summer!
Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae):
More information about Cyclochila australasiae.
Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii):
More information about Cystosoma saundersii.
An excellent photo of mating Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii) by David Emery.
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David Emery emailed us this amazing photo of Anapsaltoda pulchra cicadas. Anapsaltoda pulchra are also known as Golden Emperors. These cicadas are from Herberton, Queensland, Australia.
David Emery send us a photo of a Cystosoma saundersii (bottle cicada) from Australia and we added it to the gallery.
Just to complement the Aussie cicadas, a small colony of these Cystosoma saundersii (bottle cicadas) have been droning and rattling at dusk around Burwoood in Sydney for the past 2 months. This is their southern-most extension down the east coast of Australia.
Click the link above or the image below to access large versions of the image.
More information about Cystosoma saundersii on the CSIRO site.
The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW, and are most common Nov-Jan. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 193.)
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This is a photo of the amazing Bagpipe cicada (Lembeja paradoxa) was taken by Timothy Emery (David Emery’s son).
Attached is a photo taken by my son, Timothy Emery from Thursday Island, Torres Strait off Cape York, Queensland. This a male “bagpipe cicada” (Lembeja paradoxa) singing for his female. These guys at rest look like dead leaves with wings folded under stems of grass, but when singing at dusk, rush up the stems and can expand their abdomens incredibly up to 5-10 x resting size (hence the bagpipe bit) and emit a very loud droning sound for their size. A great emergence of these on Thursday Island in the first 2 weeks of January.
Here is a larger version.
The Bagpipe cicada can be found in the Northern tip of Queensland, from October to February, but they’re most common during January. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 178)
Here’s yet another wonderful cicada photo from David Emery in Australia: the Diemaniana euronotiana. The cicada is a mere 20mm in length, and they are now just out in the bushland around 1000m.
The Diemaniana euronotiana can be found in eastern NSW, south-eastern Victoria and Tasmania. They are most common in late November to January. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 112)
Here are some emerging Thopha, Thopha saccata a.k.a. Double Drummer (I think — not 100% sure), taken by David Emery.
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