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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.
2 iNaturalist.com.

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

Websites

  • 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”.
  • (more…)

    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
    Abstract:

    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
    Link: https://journals.australian.museum/popple-2020-rec-aust-mus-724-123147/
    More info on Dr. Popple’s website: Restless Firetail, Mt Lofty Firetail, Glade Firetail, and Grampians Firetail.

    March 12, 2019

    Macrotristria angularis (Germar, 1834)

    Filed under: Australia | David Emery | Macrotristria | Macrotristriini — Dan @ 1:01 am

    Macrotristria angularis is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as the Cherry Nose Cicada.

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

    Scientific classification:
    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadinae
    Tribe: Macrotristriini
    SubTribe: ?
    Genus: Macrotristria
    Species: Macrotristria angularis (Germar, 1834)

    For more information about this cicada, visit A web guide to the cicadas of Australia by L. W. Popple.

    Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al. A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification. Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1–64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

    March 6, 2019

    Psaltoda moerens (Germar, 1834)

    Filed under: Australia | David Emery | Psaltoda | Psaltodini — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

    Psaltoda moerens is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as the Redeye Cicada or Cherryeye Cicada.

    Photo by David Emery:
    Psaltoda moerens (Germar, 1834)

    Scientific classification:
    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadinae
    Tribe: Psaltodini
    SubTribe: ?
    Genus: Psaltoda
    Species: Psaltoda moerens (Germar, 1834)

    For more information about this cicada, visit A web guide to the cicadas of Australia by L. W. Popple.

    Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al. A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification. Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1–64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

    February 20, 2019

    Diemeniana euronotiana (Kirkaldy, 1909)

    Filed under: Australia | Cicadettini | David Emery | Diemeniana — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

    Diemeniana euronotiana is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as a Golden Twanger.

    Photo by David Emery:
    Diemeniana euronotiana

    Scientific classification:
    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadettinae
    Tribe: Cicadettini
    SubTribe: Cicadettina
    Genus: Diemeniana
    Species: Diemeniana euronotiana (Kirkaldy, 1909)

    For more information about this cicada, visit A web guide to the cicadas of Australia by L. W. Popple.

    Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al. A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification. Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1–64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

    December 10, 2017

    Four new species of Semia from Vietnam

    Filed under: David Emery | Pham Thai | Psithyristriini | Semia | Vietnam | Young June Lee — Dan @ 3:41 pm

    Four new species of Semia cicadas living in Vietnam were described in 2017: Semia magna, Semia spiritus, Semia pallida, and Semia albusequi.

    Here’s the details on the paper:

    Title: Descriptions of four new species of Semia Matsumura (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Psithyristriini) from Vietnam, with a key to the species of Semia
    Authors: David Emery, Young June Lee, & Thai Pham.
    Year: 2017
    Publication: Zootaxa. 4216. 153-166.
    Document link: https://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4216.2.2
    Abstract:

    This paper provides descriptions of four new species of the genus Semia Matsumura, 1917 from Vietnam: Semia magna sp. nov., Semia spiritus sp. nov., Semia pallida sp. nov., and Semia albusequi sp. nov. A key to the 13 species of Semia is provided.

    April 22, 2015

    Four new cicada species in Australia

    Filed under: Cicadettini | David Emery | L. W. Popple | Nathan Emery | Yoyetta — Dan @ 4:38 am

    According to Nathan Emery on Twitter, four new species of cicadas belonging to the genus Yoyetta have been described:

    • Y. cumberlandi sp. nov.
    • Y. fluviatilis sp. nov.
    • Y. nigrimontana sp. nov.
    • Y. repetens sp. nov.

    See this paper for more information:

    Emery, N.J., Emery, D.L., & Popple, L.W. (2015) A redescription of Yoyetta landsboroughi (Distant) and Y. tristrigata (Goding and Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) and description of four new related species. Zootaxa 3948 (3): 301–341.

    January 8, 2014

    Visually identify 10 Aussie Cicadas

    Filed under: Australia | David Emery — Dan @ 5:48 am

    David Emery is an Aussie cicada expert. His image of 10 common Aussie cicadas is an excellent visual guide to cicadas found in Australia.

    Aussie cicadas 1 (3)

    Also, check out L. Popple’s Australian cicadas: The cicadas of central eastern Australia for dozens more, including sound files as well as images.

    And, here’s more images of Aussie cicadas and their interesting names.

    September 22, 2013

    Cicada Season has begun in Australia

    Filed under: Australia | Cyclochila | Cystosoma | David Emery | Pauropsalta — Dan @ 8:40 pm

    David Emery wrote to let us know that cicada season has begun in parts of Australia:

    After some 50mm of rain on 16-17 Sept and the warmest winter on record on the east coast, the “masked devil” morphs of Cyclochila australasiae were in good voice in the mountains west and south of Sydney, Australia on 22nd Sept. The bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii) are also rattling in Metro Sydney. These are about 2 weeks early this year as are several of the smaller grass cicadas and Pauropsalta species. Roll on summer!

    Cheers, David.

    Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae):
    Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae)

    More information about Cyclochila australasiae.

    Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii):
    Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii)

    More information about Cystosoma saundersii.

    Bottle Cicada (Chlorocysta sp.):
    Bottle Cicada

    More information about Bottle cicadas.

    December 2, 2012

    Mating Bladder cicadas

    Filed under: Cystosoma | David Emery | Mating — Tags: — Dan @ 7:34 am


    Mating bladders 2, originally uploaded by ozzicada.

    An excellent photo of mating Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii) by David Emery.

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