Here is an Cherry Nose cicada (Macrotristria angularis) photo taken by David Emery. The Cherry Nose is also know as the Whiskey Drinker.
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 (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 95.).
More Ozzie Cicada photos have come in. Here is an incredible Blue Moon taken by David Emery (found by his daughter). The Blue Moon is the same species as the Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae).
Double Drummer (Thopha saccata) photos by Kevin Lee:
This is a double drummer who got stuck whilst emerging so he never got to fly and sing.. but he still saw the light of day and was in the room with the other cicadas and had a bit of company. But if I had left it on the tree he would have been eaten alive by ants.
I’m happy to announce that we received our first Australian cicada photos of this season!!! The photos were taken by Kevin Lee, Australia’s biggest cicada maniac.
According to Kevin:
This is the season for cicadas and this year they are more proliferating that usual. Some would call it a plague but I love it.
The birds (kookaburras and magpies) are having a feast!
Double Drummer (Thopha saccata):
The Double Drummer can be found in parts of eastern Queensland and Eastern NSW, from November to early March. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p.55)
rare green yellow Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) and others:
rare green yellow Green Grocer:
Cyclochila australasiae can be found in eastern Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and most emerge in October and November (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 61.).
More: Previous posts about Australia’s cicadas.
See all of Kevin’s cicada photos.
It’s cicada time in Australia again, so I’m reposting my list of Australian cicada names. Australians are the best in the world at naming animals.
Australia has the best cicada names:
- Cyclochila australasiae
- Green Grocer
- Yellow Monday/li>
- Chocolate Soldier
- Blue Moon
- Masked Devil
- Macrotristria angularis
- Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker
- Tettigarcta crinita
- Pauropsalta extrema
- Lembeja paradoxa
- Cystosoma saundersii
- Abricta curvicosta
- Psaltoda moerens
- Anapsaltoda pulchra
- Arenopsaltria fullo
- Arunta perulata
- Macrotristria godingi
- Thopha saccata
- Psaltoda plaga
- Tamasa tristigma
There’s plenty more on the the incredible CSIRO Common Names site.
Michelle Thompson took this picture of a cicada on the trunk of her oak tree in Willoughby in Sydney Australia. It’s a Floury Baker aka Aleeta curvicosta.
George Dalidakis emailed us this fantastic series of a Green Grocer cicadas (Cyclochila australasiae) emerging from its nymph exoskeleton (molting).
Somebody kick me if I’m wrong, but, I’m pretty sure it’s now the start of cicada season in Australia.
Got to love those Australian cicada names: Green Grocer, Black Prince, Yellow Monday, Chocolate Soldier, Masked Devil, Blue Moon, Double Drummer, Floury Baker, Cherrynose, Whiskey Drinker, Redeye, Bladder Cicada, Hairy Cicada, Golden Emperor, Eastern Sandgrinder, Brown Bunyip…
Welcome Australian cicada maniacs! David from Sydney let us know: “The cicada season around Sydney, Australia has started with the emergence of “green grocers” (Cyclochila australasiae) in the lower Blue Mountains. Grass cicadas have been out for a month. Get ready Antipodeans!!”. Thanks, David. Enjoy the Green Grocer/Yellow Monday links below (thanks to Laura for the inspiration):
Cicadas: Superfamily Cicadoidea.
Summer of singing cicadas.