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September 13, 2020

Australian Cicada Names 🇦🇺

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)

When is it out: Nov-Jan.

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

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.

Floury Baker by Michelle Thompson
Photo by Michelle Thompson.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

When is it out: January.

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

Tettigarcta White, 1845

Out: January-May.

Tettigarctidae sp.
Tettigarcta tomentosa.

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)

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.

    July 12, 2020

    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.

    March 18, 2020

    Tiger Prince (Macrotristria godingi) photos by Kees Green

    Filed under: Australia | Cryptotympanini | Kees Green | Macrotristria — Tags: — Dan @ 5:41 pm

    Tiger Prince (Macrotristria godingi) photos by Kees Green. Australia. 2013.

    Tiger Prince Macrotristria goding by Kees Green
    Tiger Prince Macrotristria godingi by Kees Green from 2013

    Tiger Prince Macrotristria godingi by Kees Green
    Tiger Prince Macrotristria godingi by Kees Green

    Pauropsalta sp. photos by Kees Green

    Filed under: Australia | Cicadettini | Kees Green | Pauropsalta — Dan @ 5:34 pm

    Pauropsalta sp. photos by Kees Green. Australia. 2013.

    Pauropsalta sp by Kees Green
    Pauropsalta sp by Kees Green

    Pauropsalta sp by Kees Green
    Pauropsalta sp by Kees Green

    Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Kees Green

    Filed under: Australia | Cyclochila | Cyclochilini | Kees Green — Tags: — Dan @ 5:26 pm

    Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photos from Kees Green. Australia. 2013.

    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae nymph by Kees Green
    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae nymph by Kees Green

    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae moulting by Kees Green
    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae molting by Kees Green

    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae moulting by Kees Green
    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae molting by Kees Green 02

    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae moulting by Kees Green
    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae molting by Kees Green

    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae Adults by Kees Green
    Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae Adults by Kees Green

    March 8, 2020

    Psaltoda plaga photo by Kevin Lee

    Filed under: Australia | Kevin Lee | Psaltoda — Tags: — Dan @ 12:40 pm

    Psaltoda plaga aka Black Prince photo by Kevin Lee.

    Psaltoda plaga aka Black Prince photo by Kevin Lee.

    Amongst young Aussie kids the legendary White Knight is believed to exist but it is really just a black prince. When cicadas such as double drummers and black princes first emerge they appear white and gradually they develop their distinctive pigmentation. This is the before and after shots of the same cicada.

    Kevin Lee’s Green Grocer Photos

    Filed under: Australia | Cyclochila | Cyclochilini | Kevin Lee — Tags: — Dan @ 12:23 pm

    Kevin Lee’s Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photos:

    Kevin Lee's Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)

    Kevin Lee's Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)

    This one is somewhere between a Green Grocer and a Yellow Monday, I think. Check out the “mask” between the eyes:
    Kevin Lee's Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)

    Kevin Lee's Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)

    March 1, 2020

    Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi

    Filed under: Australia | Photos & Illustrations | Thopha | Thophini — Tags: — Dan @ 9:34 am

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

    Text for the photos from back in 2007: “Thanks to Jodi for allowing us to post some of her Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos. Two today, two tomorrow! Apparently they’re hatching in droves in Central Australia.”

    A molting Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
    Molting T. colorata

    Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
    Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

    Teneral, recently molted Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
    Teneral Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

    Teneral, recently molted Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
    Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

    February 29, 2020

    Yellow Monday by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous

    Filed under: Australia | Cyclochila | Cyclochilini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:39 pm

    Yellow Monday (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.

    Yellow Monday (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.

    Yellow Monday (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.

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