This page features information about common cicadas of Australia researchers, and websites dedicated to the cicadas of Australia. Australia has the best cicada names!
- The 2022 cicada season has started with Silver Princess, Bladder, Red Tree-Ticker, Paperbark, and Small Bottle Cicadas according to people on the social media site iNaturalist.
- 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.
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
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
Photo by Kevin Lee. Yellow-Green Green Grocer with Mask.
- 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
Photo by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.
Blue Moon morph of Cyclochila australasiae
Masked Devil morph of Cyclochila australasiae
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Diemeniana Distant, 1906
The Diemeniana euronotiana can be found in eastern NSW, south-eastern Victoria, and Tasmania. They are most common from late November to January1.
Diemeniana euronotiana. Photo by David Emery.
Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)
When is it out: Nov-Jan.
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.
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)
- Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi
- Orange Drummer cicadas
- More cicadas from Australia: Orange Drummers
Tettigarcta White, 1845
More interesting names:
- Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma) [Brown Bunyip]
- Typewriter (Pauropsalta extrema) [picture]
- Sandgrinder (Arenopsaltria fullo) [picture]
Black Prince/Silver Knight (Psaltoda plaga)
- Psaltoda plaga photo by Kevin Lee
- Psaltoda plaga (Walker, 1850) (Dr. Pop website)
Tiger Prince (Macrotristria godingi)
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 were 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.
I have photo of a bug, probably cicada, very big. It move from grunt to the tree to unfold its wings.
To whom I can send the photo for identification?
Email images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Great site, reminded me of the fun times as a young boy. me & my friends would climb the trees to catch cicadas around Sydney’s hills district area. Mostly green grocers & occasional yellow Monday. Another time my parents took us to Cowra & down by the river & in the trees were thousands of black princes which were rare in Sydney but common that summer in Cowra.
It’s sad that our kids these days don’t venture outdoors to experience the raw fun & adventures that we created for ourselves to enjoy.
My kids addicted to the virtual world, stuck in the web without spiders! Time flies in this fast changing world of ours.
My nephew is addicted to cellphones & Minecraft, but I take him around his neighborhood to look for cicadas whenever I can.
Hey, I’m in Melbourne and I found some cicada shells last night. I’ve been searching for them since I first heard their calls in November. I know there were three types of cicada calls in my nearby parklands, I eagerly listen out for them on my daily dogwalks.
The only thing is that these shells are the smallest shells I’ve ever seen!
Can cicada’s be identifed by their shells alone? I collected the ones I found. They are roughly 2-3cm long with a narrow abdomen (compared to greengrocers that I am most familliar with). Happy to send pics!
The call that was the most common in the area was a distinct ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-brrrrrrrrrrr (repeated, with the ba- section going for anywhere b/w 15-26 beats).
Opal, yes they can. If you’re on Facebook, 90% of the top Australia cicada experts hang out here https://www.facebook.com/groups/cicadadiscussion
Otherwise, Dr Popple is the best resource on the web https://dr-pop.net/cicadas.htm. He doesn’t have photos of skins, but you might be able to contact him through the site.
Thank you so much, Dan! I feel I’ve finally found the secret society of Cicada lovers I dreamt of when I was six 🙂
I love the names that they give them!
What cicada has black top and black wings but orange underbelly
Maybe https://dr-pop.net/circumdata-398.htm Bronze Tree-buzzer
What a great site. Didn’t realise there were many other cicada trajics out there. Very much part of my childhood around Sydney in the 50s
About a year ago I tried to encourage Australia Post to do a series on cicadas..the sounds of summer. We’ll see.
We live on a farm at Lorne just outside Kendall NSw and the cicadas have been deafening this summer. Interestingly I have found no bladder cicadas this year and very few green grocers all the other varieties have been in abundance though. My granddaughters have had a marvellous time collecting and identifying them.
Hello. We have just returned from a couple of days camping on a property we have bought up near Gloucester/Barrington Tops in NSW. The noise from the cicadas was deafening. I’m wondering if you might be able to tell me which species they are likely to be in that area and if they they are likely to sing so loudly and in such large numbers in future years. Many thanks.
The loudest species is the Double Drummer/Thopha saccata — might be that.
See http://dr-pop.net/saccata-003.htm for a sound sample.
Razor Grinders http://dr-pop.net/eydouxii-018.htm
Green Grocers http://dr-pop.net/australasiae-048.htm
Plenty of Floury Bakers in the lower Blue Mountains right now. One flew in my car window as I was driving. It hit my shoulder and flew into the back seat. Upon recovering it, I noticed that its abdomen had popped off quite neatly. The poor bloke was still very much alive 6 hours later. Is this some kind of defense, like skinks dropping their tails?
We just moved to Artarmon area, very near to the station, and was surprised to hear the loud singing of Cicadas.
Though it might be music to some, I wanna know when do they stop. And are they dangerous ? My 3yo often go around them.
They aren’t dangerous in that they’re not venomous not do they transmit disease. Prolonged exposure to their song might cause hearing damage though. Double Drummers can get up around 120db. Definitely don’t put one up to your ear.
Just recorded some video of an absolute plague of Floury Baker, and what I thought were Black Princes, but after looking at some photos on this site I now think may be Red Eye,cicadas in my backyard at Elanora Heights, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Missing is the Black Prince which was almost mythical and the dream of each kid to find one (I did it was very small). The female Green Grocers were called “Pissers because they sprad a clear liquid on you.
For us kids, who lived in Lane Cove, to catch them it was a sin to get them when they came out of their shells and were still wet. We believed if we gave a thousand wings to a certain company, they would give a wheel chair to a poor kid.
Since the Green Grocers had a four-year cycle and the Yellow Bakers a three-year cycle ever twelve years their emergence would coincide and the din was unbelievable. On off years just a few would come out.
“Blue moons” could occur wherever there are “green grocers” with an estimated frquency of 1/10000. But strangely enough, despite the absolute huge numbers of GGs about this 2013 season from September, no blue moons seem to have been found/ photographed/ handed to the Australian Museum. Claudine’s “indelicate” is probably the nickname given to female cicadas as males croak loudly when caught, females only can excrete water!
Chris, what species cam to dive into the pool?
WOW……what a site. Last night we had a late night swim in the pool and turned the lights on. Big mistake. There were cicadas coming from every here. Spent our time rescuing them all. We are in the Hawkesbury district. I am over the moon about the number of cicadas. We start them singing by shining a torch in the trees at night. Fabulous.
As a child I collected cicadas in Sydney. The boys taught me all the names & one of them is not mentioned probably because it is indelicate. It was called the Pisswacker presumably because it made no noise and released water on you , it was probably a female and did this when caught.
I am sitting in my mums backyard listening to their song and little else. I remembered the black price also but couldn’t remember the green grocer. Thanks for the memory kick is getting much more difficult as I approach my 60th.today is mums 86th.
where could you find the blue moon around Australia ??
Near Sydney (according to L. Popple). I’ve also read that they are more prevalent in hilly areas.
“My fav one is the blue moon how beautiful.”
How much is it possible?
Excellent page. Reminder of the glorious days of summer when I was a youngster.
You didn’t mention that the local pharmacist bought black princes wings and made some
special concoction from them.
Why were they known as “locusts” 50 years ago?
I think they called them locusts because they reminded people of the locusts that are actually grasshoppers.
haha – very cool in a nerdy way 🙂
That ‘chocolate soldier’ one is actually a ‘red rocket’ but i think the names for the other ones are very clever. My fav one is the blue moon how beautiful.