The 2021 cicada season has started. Folks are reporting hearing Silver Princess (Yoyetta) cicadas in iNaturalist.com!
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.
- Join the Cicada Discussion, Science and Study Group to see dozens of cicada photos and get your cicada ID’d.
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 morph of Cyclochila australasiae
- Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Kees Green
- Kevin Lee’s Green Grocer Photos
- Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photo by Bron
- Green Grocer
- Green Grocer Emerging
- Cyclochila australasiae (Donovan, 1805)
- Green Grocer Merch
Yellow Monday morph of Cyclochila australasiae
Blue Moon morph of Cyclochila australasiae
Masked Devil morph of Cyclochila australasiae
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.
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.
Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta)
The Floury Baker can be found along the coast of Queensland & NSW. Adults are most common in late December and January1.
Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)
When is it out: Nov-Jan.
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.
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)
When is it out: January.
- Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi
- Orange Drummer cicadas
- More cicadas from Australia: Orange Drummers
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.
Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)
The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW1, can be found September-January, peaking in October2.
- Cystosoma saundersii (bladder cicada)
- Bladder cicada trading card
- Mating Bladder cicadas
- Bladder Cicadas out in Sydney
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.
- Timelapse video of a Redeye Cicada Molting
- Ozzie Cicadas: Redeye cicada
- Psaltoda moerens (Germar, 1834)
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
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.
Date and location:
1 Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990.
Researchers & resources:
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:
- Nathan Emery’s Great Cicada Blitz.
- Follow Nathan on Twitter @ecotechnica and on Facebook.
- Nathan Emery related posts on this site
Nathan Emery released a cicada book called “A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region”. You can buy it online.
- L. Popple’s website The Cicadas of Australia, is the best site for Australian cicadas.
- Follow @_DrPop_ on Twitter.
- Dr. Popple related articles on this site.
2018-2019 Cicada Sightings
I’ll post sightings I hear about on social media here:
- January 15, 2019: Black Prince (Psaltoda plaga). Millions of them in Bendalong NSW reported by David Barr via email.
- December 31, 2018: Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta). Reported by @GB_Wildlyf on Twitter.
- December 21, 2018: Marbled Bottle Cicada (Chlorocysta suffusa) . Reported by Lindsay Popple on Twitter.
- December 20, 2018: Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma). Reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
- December 17, 2018: Razor Grinders (Henicopsaltria eydouxii). Reported by EmmaCCroker on Twitter.
- December 16, 2018: Black Prince (Psaltoda plaga). Reported by .
- December 2, 2018: Red Ringers. Reported by @GB_Wildlyf on Twitter.
- November 4, 2018: Southern Mountain Squeaker (Atrapsalta furcilla). Reported by ozzicada on iNaturalist
- October 31, 2018: Small Bassian Ambertail (Yoyetta landsboroughi). Reported by ozzicada on iNaturalist.
- October 21, 2018: Alarm Clock Squawker (Pauropsalta mneme), Sandstone Squeaker (Atrapsalta corticinus sp. complex) & Fence Buzzer (Myopsalta mackinlayi) . Reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
- October 16, 2018: Zipping Ambertail (Yoyetta repetens), Ferny Acacia Cicada (Clinopsalta autumna), Southern Red-eyed Squeaker (Popplepsalta notialis) and Southern Bark Squeaker (Atrapsalta corticinus). Reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
- October 3, 2018: Small Bottle Cicada (Chlorocysta vitripennis). Reported by dianneclarke on iNaturalist.
- September 28, 2018: Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae). Reported by EmmaCCroker on Twitter.
- September 19, 2018: Alarm Clock Squawker (Pauropsalta mneme). Reported by njemery on iNaturalist.
- September 11, 2018: Silver Princess (Yoyetta celis). Reported by @christiewithaC on Twitter
- September 11, 2018: Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii). Reported by joelp on iNaturalist
2017-2018 reports of cicadas as I see them on social media
This might be handy for guessing when cicada species in Australia will emerge.
- January 19, 2018: Creaking Branch Cicada (Auscala spinosa). Gemma Edwards found one in Bendigo, Victoria, outside of their previously known geographic distribution.
- December 18, 2017: Razor Grinders (Aleeta curvicosta) and Redeye cicadas (Psaltoda moerens), reported by Mike Young on Facebook.
- December 14, 2017: Southern Red-eyed Squeaker (Popplepsalta notialis notialis), reported by NJE Photography on Facebook.
- November 20, 2017: Cherrynose (Macrotristria angularis), reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
- November 11, 2017: Golden Twanger cicadas (Diemeniana euronotiana), reported by NJE Photography on Facebook.
- November 8, 2017: Eastern Double Drummer cicadas (Thopha saccata), reported by NJE Photography on Facebook.
- October 3, 2017: Cyclochila australasiae (Green Grocer, Masked Devils, Yellow Mondays, Blue Moons), reported by Brian G on Flickr. (thx David Emery for pointing this out).
- September 24, 2017: The Silver Princess (Yoyetta celis), reported by Nathan Emery on Facebook.
- September 14, 2017: Clinopsalta autumna reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
- September 12, 2017: Cystosoma saundersii reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
- August 11, 2017: Birrima varians calling in Brisbane reported by Lindsay Popple on Twitter.