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September 13, 2020

Australian Cicada Names 🇦🇺

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

This page features information about common cicadas of Australia, researchers, and websites dedicated to the cicadas of Australia. Australia has the best cicada names!

News: Nathan Emery’s second edition of “A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region” is out now.

Cyclochila australasiae

Cyclochila australasiae can be found in eastern Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and most emerge between September & December1, but peaking in November2.

All Cyclochila australasiae info on this site.

Green Grocer morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photo by Bron
Photo by Bron.

Green Grocer morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Kevin Lee's Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)
Photo by Kevin Lee. Yellow-Green Green Grocer with Mask.

Yellow Monday morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Yellow Monday (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.
Photo by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.

Blue Moon morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Cyclochila australasiae, Blue Moon, by David Emery
Photo by David Emery.

Masked Devil morph of Cyclochila australasiae

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

Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker (Macrotristria angularis)

The Cherry Nose cicada can be found in Eastern Queensland, NSW, and a small part of South Australia, and is found November-February1, but is most common in December2.

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

Bagpipe Cicada (Lembeja paradoxa)

The Bagpipe cicada can be found in the Northern tip of Queensland1, from October to February, but they’re most common during January2.

Lembeja paradoxa (Karsch, 1890). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta)

The Floury Baker can be found along the coast of Queenland & NSW. Adults are most common in late December and January1.

Floury Baker by Michelle Thompson
Photo by Michelle Thompson.

Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)

When is it out: Nov-Jan.

Anapsaltoda pulchra - Golden Emperors. Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)

The Double Drummer can be found in parts of eastern Queensland and Eastern NSW, from November to early March1. Peaks in December.

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)
Photo by Dan.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

When is it out: January.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi from 2007. Australia.
Photo by Jodi.

White Drummer (Arunta perulata)

The White Drummer cicada can be found in eastern Queensland and NSW, from November to April, but they are most common during December and January1.

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

Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)

The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW1, can be found September-January, peaking in October2.

Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii)
Photo by David Emery.

Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens)

The Redeye cicada can be found in eastern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, and are most abundant in late November and December1, but can be found until February2.

Redeye cicada (Aleeta curvicosta). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

More interesting names:

  • Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma) [Brown Bunyip]
  • Typewriter (Pauropsalta extrema) [picture]
  • Sandgrinder (Arenopsaltria fullo) [picture]

Black Prince/Silver Knight (Psaltoda plaga)

Tiger Prince (Macrotristria godingi)

Tettigarcta White, 1845

Tettigarctidae sp.
Tettigarcta tomentosa.

Diemeniana Distant, 1906

The Diemeniana euronotiana can be found in eastern NSW, south-eastern Victoria and Tasmania. They are most common in late November to January1.

Diemeniana euronotiana. Photo by David Emery.

Date and location:
1 Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990.

Researchers & resources:

David Emery

David Emery is a cicada researcher and has contributed many of the images you see on this website.

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

Aussie cicadas 1 (3)

Nathan Emery

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

Dr. Popple

M.S. Moulds


  • Common names of Australian insects.
  • Atlas of Living Australia Cicada page.
  • Brisbane Cicadas.
  • Narelle Power’s Cicada Photos.
  • Scribbly Gum’s The Summer of Signing Cicadas.
  • Morwell National Park Online.
  • Laura Imbruglia sings songs that mention Green Grocers and Yellow Mondays on her album “It Makes a Crunchy Noise”.
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    August 23, 2020

    Four new species of cicadas in the Yoyetta abdominalis (Distant) species group

    Filed under: Australia | David Emery | L. W. Popple | Yoyetta — Dan @ 12:44 pm

    Four new cicadas described in Australia! Here are the details:

    Paper: Four new species of cicadas in the Yoyetta abdominalis (Distant) species group (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Cicadettinae) from southeastern Australia

    Four new species are added to the Yoyetta abdominalis (Distant) species group: Y. douglasi sp. nov., Y. enigmatica sp. nov., Y. loftyensis sp. nov. and Y. ngarabal sp. nov. Calling song descriptions and morphological descriptions are provided for each species. An updated key to male specimens is also provided for the species group.

    Author: Lindsay W. Popple; David L. Emery
    Year: 2020
    Journal: Records of the Australian Museum
    Publisher: The Australian Museum
    More info on Dr. Popple’s website: Restless Firetail, Mt Lofty Firetail, Glade Firetail, and Grampians Firetail.

    August 8, 2020

    Cicada wing fan for cicada fans. Pretty cool (cooling)

    Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 7:39 am

    Check out this cicada wing fan from ood design.

    cicada wing fan

    July 30, 2020

    Southern Culture On The Skids – Cicada Rock 2020 (Brood IX)

    Filed under: Brood IX | Music — Dan @ 9:11 pm

    Southern Culture On The Skids released a cicada themed song for 2020: Cicada Rock 2020 (Brood IX). Enjoy!

    July 12, 2020

    Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France

    Filed under: France | Pop Culture | Tibicina — Tags: — Dan @ 3:29 pm

    Here’s a Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France:

    Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France

    Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France

    Bladder cicada trading card

    Filed under: Australia | Cystopsaltria | Pop Culture — Dan @ 3:25 pm

    Bladder cicada trading card. Bladder cicadas (Genus Cystopsaltria) are found in Australia. Link to Dr. Popple’s website for more info.

    Bladder cicada trading card. Bladder cicadas are found in Australia.

    Chicago Area Periodical Cicada Emergences in 2020

    Filed under: Accelerations | Brood XIII | Magicicada | Periodical Stragglers | United States — Dan @ 10:04 am

    Many periodical cicadas emerged four years early in the Chicago area in 2020. These cicadas belong to the Brood XIII (13) which is set to emerge in 2024, and last emerged in 2007. Periodical cicadas often emerge in years proceeding or following the year their brood is expected to emerge. This phenomenon is called straggling. Most of the time these “stragglers” emerge in small numbers and are quickly eaten by predators, and do not go on to sing, chorus (synchronized singing for the purpose of attracting females), mate, and lay eggs. Sometimes they emerge in numbers large enough to survive, chorus and reproduce — this seems to have happened in the Chicago area in 2020. It is thought this this is how new broods formed over the millennia — cicadas emerge 4 or 1 year early in significant numbers and form a new brood. When enough stragglers emerge to successfully reproduce it is called an acceleration.

    So, is a new brood forming around Chicago? Is this due to climate change or localized “heat islands”? Will the progeny of these stragglers emerge in 13, 17 or 21 years? Lots of questions — but we’ll need to wait quite some time to answer them.

    There is a precedence for Brood XIII cicadas straggling in the Chicago area:

    In 1969 massive numbers of periodical cicadas emerged in the Chicago suburbs 1 (Williams, K.S. & Simon, C. 1995).

    In 1986, another 4-year acceleration was observed in the Chicago area by Monte Lloyd 1.

    In 2003, many people left observations on our forums. Observations were made in Glenview, Flossmoor, Riverside, Downers Grove, Homewood, Westmont, Oak Park, and Hinsdale. Here are some examples:

    Magicicada emerging this evening

    Date: Wednesday, Jun/4/2003

    Message: As I went for a walk this evening I noticed quite a few periodic cicadas emerging in the grass, crawling on the sidewalks and on the trunks of trees. This is not our year for the 17-year brood. We should not have them until 2007. Has anyone else in the Chicago area seen these cicadas? — Sue, Flossmoor, IL

    Cicada singing

    Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

    Message: I heard the cicadas singing for the first time this morning after my walk. Now that I have my doors open I can hear them on and off. — Sue, Flossmoor, IL

    In 2020 many people left comments on the Brood XIII page, emailed us (thanks Neil) and left sightings via the Cicada Safari app.

    1Williams, K.S. & Simon, C. 1995. The Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution of Periodical Cicadas. Annual Review of Entomology. Vol. 40:269-295 (

    July 10, 2020

    Cicada-themed Pokemon. Ninjask & Shedinja.

    Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 7:50 pm

    Here’s some cicada-inspired Pokemon:




    Cicada Toys and Collectables

    Filed under: Pop Culture | Video — Dan @ 7:40 pm

    Some video and images of cicada toys and collectables. Enjoy.

    Playlist of videos of a few of the items on this page and more:

    Cicada click toy from Japan. Found in an antique store in Ohio:
    Cicada click toy from Japan

    A larger cicada click toy. I think I found this one on eBay:
    Cicada click toy

    Cicada clothes pins. I think Roy Troutman sent me these:
    Cicada clothes pins

    Cicada noise maker. Crank it and it makes a noise.
    Cicada noise maker toy

    Cicada face magnet. Found in eBay.
    Cicada face magnet

    Cicada whistle from Peru. I received this as a gift.
    Cicada whistle from Peru

    Plus cicada toys from Japan. Found on eBay. The black and green on is a Hyalessa maculaticollis.
    Plush cicada toys from Japan

    Cicada socks:
    Cicada socks

    Cicada spinner whistle:
    Cicada Spinner Whistle

    Carved Bamboo Cicada:
    Carved Bamboo Cicada:

    June 1, 2020

    Brood V emerging 4 years late

    Filed under: Brood V | Magicicada — Dan @ 10:11 am

    Looking at the latest map from Cicada Safari app data, it appears that cicadas from Brood V are emerging 4 years late. 4 year Stragglers! 21-year-old cicadas! Look around Akron, Ohio, eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia.

    May 30 map - Now with Brood V

    Here’s a link to the Brood V map on

    For historical purposes, Here’s C. L. Marlatt’s map from 1914:

    Marlatt, C.L.. 1914. The periodical cicada in 1914. United States. Bureau of Entomology. Brood Map for Brood V.
    Marlatt, C.L.. 1914. The periodical cicada in 1914. United States. Bureau of Entomology

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