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September 13, 2020

Australian Cicada Names 🇦🇺

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

Australia has the best cicada names:

Cyclochila australasiae

When is it out: late Sep-Dec, peaking in November.

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.

Larger photo.

Masked Devil morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

All Cyclochila australasiae info.

Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker (Macrotristria angularis)

When is it out: Nov-Feb, peaking in December.

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

More about Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker (Macrotristria angularis).

Bagpipe Cicada (Lembeja paradoxa)

When it is out: Jan.

Lembeja paradoxa (Karsch, 1890). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

More about Bagpipe Cicada (Lembeja paradoxa).

Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta)

Floury Baker by Michelle Thompson
Photo by Michelle Thompson.

More Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta).

Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)

When is it out: Nov-Jan.

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

More about Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra).

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)

When is it out: Nov-Feb, peaking in December.

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)
Photo by Dan.

More about Double Drummer (Thopha saccata).

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

When is it out: January.

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

More about Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata).

White Drummer (Arunta perulata)

When is it out: Dec-Jan, peaking in January.

White Drummer cicada (Arunta perulata). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

More about White Drummer (Arunta perulata).

More White Drummer (Arunta perulata) info and images.

Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)

When is it out: Sep-Jan, peaking in October.

Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii)
Photo by David Emery.

More Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii) info and images.

Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens)

When is it out: Nov-Feb, peaking in December.

Redeye cicada (Aleeta curvicosta). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

More Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens) info and images.

More interesting names:

Use this amazing image by David Emery to identify some of the most well-known Australian cicada species:

Aussie cicadas 1 (3)

People and Resources:

2018-2019 Cicada Sightings

I’ll post sightings I hear about on social media here:

  1. January 15, 2019: Black Prince (Psaltoda plaga). Millions of them in Bendalong NSW reported by David Barr via email.
  2. December 31, 2018: Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta). Reported by @GB_Wildlyf on Twitter.
  3. December 21, 2018: Marbled Bottle Cicada (Chlorocysta suffusa) . Reported by Lindsay Popple on Twitter.
  4. December 20, 2018: Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma). Reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
  5. December 17, 2018: Razor Grinders (Henicopsaltria eydouxii). Reported by EmmaCCroker on Twitter.
  6. December 16, 2018: Black Prince (Psaltoda plaga). Reported by .
  7. December 2, 2018: Red Ringers. Reported by @GB_Wildlyf on Twitter.
  8. November 4, 2018: Southern Mountain Squeaker (Atrapsalta furcilla). Reported by ozzicada on iNaturalist
  9. October 31, 2018: Small Bassian Ambertail (Yoyetta landsboroughi). Reported by ozzicada on iNaturalist.
  10. October 21, 2018: Alarm Clock Squawker (Pauropsalta mneme), Sandstone Squeaker (Atrapsalta corticinus sp. complex) & Fence Buzzer (Myopsalta mackinlayi) . Reported by Nathan Emery on Twitter.
  11. 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.
  12. October 3, 2018: Small Bottle Cicada (Chlorocysta vitripennis). Reported by dianneclarke on iNaturalist.
  13. September 28, 2018: Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae). Reported by EmmaCCroker on Twitter.
  14. September 19, 2018: Alarm Clock Squawker (Pauropsalta mneme). Reported by njemery on iNaturalist.
  15. September 11, 2018: Silver Princess (Yoyetta celis). Reported by @christiewithaC on Twitter
  16. 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.

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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