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September 22, 2013

Cicada Season has begun in Australia

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!

Cheers, David.

Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae):

Masked Devil

More information about Cyclochila australasiae.

Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii):

Bladder Cicada

More information about Cystosoma saundersii.

1 Comment

  1. Bruce Neighbour says:

    I live at Lorne NSW 2439, near Port Macquarie.
    For several weeks now Cicadas have been appearing. They are now at volumes where if I am outside for any length of time I have to wear ear plugs as they are becoming deafening. I don’t no how many decibels they are reaching, but it must be a very high level. 13/12/2013

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