If you’re in the Sydney, Australia area and you see or hear a cicada this season, report it to the Great Cicada Blitz, an iNaturalist website set up by cicada researcher Nathan Emery. The purpose of this website is to map and identify the various cicada species in the Sydney area.
September 25, 2015
January 20, 2015
I felt bad about always using an illustration of North American cicadas, so I made a Green Grocer cicada for Australian fans.
Get this image on a shirt, mug or even a pillow case via CafePress (the mugs are the most affordable).
November 20, 2014
This is a selection of links to websites dedicated to the cicadas of Australia.
- A web guide to the Cicadas of Australia. BY L.W. Popple. Features an abundance of cicada information, photos and maps PHOTOS MAPS AUDIO.
- CSIRO Cicadidae (ento.csiro.au) Dozens of specimen photos organized by scientific name, including location information too. PHOTOS
- Brisbane Cicadas (brisbaneinsects.com) One of the best Australian cicada sites. Features pages for the following cicadas Brown Bunyip, Razor Grinder, Bladder Cicada, Floury Baker, Thin-striped Wattle Cicada, Small Bottle. Many photos and some audio files. PHOTOS AUDIO
- Narelle Power’s Cicada Photos (pbase.com) About a dozen photos, including Cicadetta oldfieldi (Wattle), Tamasa tristigma (Brown Bunyip), Psaltoda harrisii (Yellow Belly). PHOTOS
- Scribbly Gum’s The Summer of Signing Cicadas (abc.net.au) Many beautiful photos and fantastic information. PHOTOS MAPS
- Morwell National Park Online (morwellnp.pangaean.net) Photos of Cicadetta abdominalis/Grasshopper firetail, Cicadetta denisoni/Black firetail, Cyclochila australasiae/Greengrocer, Pauropsalta rubristrigata/Great montane squeaker. PHOTOS
- Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges – Cicadas (rainforest-australia.com) Several photos and many lists of cicada facts. Tropical North Queensland, Australia. PHOTOS
- AusEmade Cicada (ausemade.com.au) An abundance of cicada information including photos and a chart that tells you where you can find cicadas by scientific and common names. PHOTOS
November 13, 2014
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:
- Black Prince (Psaltoda plaga) [picture close to center of page]
- Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma) [Brown Bunyip]
- Typewriter (Pauropsalta extrema) [picture]
- Sandgrinder (Arenopsaltria fullo) [picture]
- Tiger Prince (Macrotristria godingi) [picture]
Use this amazing image by David Emery to identify some of the most well-known Australian cicada species:
July 27, 2014
It’s Winter in Australia but I have two cool pieces of Australian Cicada news for you.
First, Australian cicada expert and researcher Lindsay Popple has created a new website about the cicadas of Australia.
Also, he’s been placing cicada songs on SoundCloud as well:
— Lindsay Popple (@_DrPop_) July 24, 2014
Second, Samuel Orr has shared some video of cicadas from Australia and New Zealand on Vimeo. I believe this video will be part of the cicada documentary he is working on.
Update! L. W. Popple said on Twitter that cicada season will start in Australia in 1 or 2 weeks! Australia has 8 month long cicada season!
— Lindsay Popple (@_DrPop_) July 28, 2014
March 29, 2014
Australian Cicadas by M.S. Moulds was first published in 1990 by the New South Wales University Press. It is the best reference for Australian cicadas that I’ve found, and I use it at least once a week.
The book covers common names of cicada, life history, predators & parasites, distribution, anatomy, sound production & reception, and classification. The book also features an extensive catalog of Australian cicadas including photos, maps and descriptions of their behavior.
I found my copy used. It was expensive, but well worth the price.
January 8, 2014
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.
December 24, 2013
Kees Green sent us many photos of cicadas taken in Australia.
Here is a sample:
A Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) nymph:
An unidentified Pauropsalta sp.:
A Thopha sessilibia:
December 22, 2013
There were plenty of cicada sightings in Australia this November, like…
This Masked Devil (Cyclochila australasiae), photo taken by Kipp Droby.
A Cyclochia australiasiae with a “bitza” (little bit of everything) paint job — part Yellow Monday; part Masked Devil, by photographer Alan Davison.
A Green Grocer with many shades to green, by a photographer named Howard.
A nice blog post about Australian cicadas, by the Barnade Goose Paperworks.
A chilling video of a moulting cicada being attacked by ants.
A Redeye Cicada (Psaltoda moerens), photo taken by Michael Doe.
This banana-yellow Yellow Monday:
Tom Katzoulopolopolopolus found this amazingly yellow C. australasiae aka "Yellow Monday" in Galston, NSW, Australia. pic.twitter.com/IOWgKvworD
— Cicada Mania (@cicadamania) November 27, 2013
Double Drummers, like:
— georgie (@GEORGIE132) November 15, 2013
Or a Double Drummer and Razor Grinder:
Or this pair of Urabunana marshalli found south of Coolah, NSW by David Emery:
This is a wonderful macro photo of a Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta) from Australia. Thanks to Cameron for posting this photo on our Facebook page.