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October 28, 2011

It is Cicada Season in Australia

Filed under: Annual,Australia — Dan @ 8:34 am

The cicada season in Australia lasts between September and May, but November and December are prime time for cicada emergences. Here’s a selection of Australian cicadas peaking in November, December and January.

Cyclochila australasiae / Green Grocer
Cyclochila australasiae / Green Grocer
1
Macrotristria angularis / Cherry Nose
Macrotristria angularis / Cherry Nose
2
Cystosoma saundersii / Bladder cicada
Cystosoma saundersii / Bladder cicada
3
Pauropsalta mneme
Pauropsalta mneme
4
Lembeja paradoxa / Bagpipe cicada
Lembeja paradoxa / Bagpipe cicada
5
Diemaniana euronotiana
Diemaniana euronotiana
6
Arunta perulata / White Drummer
Arunta perulata / White Drummer
7
Psaltoda moerens / Redeye cicada
Psaltoda moerens / Redeye cicada
8
Thopha saccata / Double Drummer
Thopha saccata / Double Drummer
9

Adding a Thompson’s Floury Baker (Abricta curvicosta)10 at David’s recommendation:

Thompson's Floury Baker (Abricta curvicosta)

  1. Cyclochila australasiae can be found in eastern Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and most emerge in October and November (1 Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 61.).
  2. The Cherry Nose cicada can be found in Eastern Queensland, NSW, and a small part of South Australia, and is most common during November & December (2 ibid, p. 95.).
  3. The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW, and are most common Nov-Jan. (3 ibid, p. 193.)
  4. The Pauropsalta mneme can be found in south-eastern NSW, Victoria, and a small pocket in South Australia, from late September to early January. (4 ibid, p. 131.)
  5. The Bagpipe cicada can be found in the Northern tip of Queensland, from October to February, but they’re most common during January. (5 ibid, p. 178)
  6. The Diemaniana euronotiana can be found in eastern NSW, south-eastern Victoria and Tasmania. They are most common in late November to January. (6 ibid, p. 112)
  7. The White Drummer cicada can be found in eastern Queensland and NSW, from November to April, but they are most common during December and January. (7 ibid, p. 58)
  8. The Redeye cicada can be found in eastern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, and are most abundant in late November and December. (8 ibid, p.75)
  9. The Double Drummer can be found in parts of eastern Queensland and Eastern NSW, from November to early March. (9 ibid, p.55)
  10. The Floury Baker can be found along the coast of Queenland & NSW. Adults are most common in late December and January. (10 ibid, p.119)

1 Comment »

  1. Dave Marshall says:

    A good one to mention/illustrate on lists such as this is the “Floury Baker”, Aleeta curvicosta (formerly Abricta curvicosta). It is very common in well-populated eastern areas like Sydney, and it sings often during the day. Also has one of the better Aussie cicada common names.

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