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October 28, 2011

It is Cicada Season in Australia

Filed under: Annual | Australia — Dan @ 8:34 am

The cicada season in Australia lasts between September and May, but November and December are prime time for cicada emergences. Here’s a selection of Australian cicadas peaking in November, December and January.

Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photo by Bron
Cyclochila australasiae / Green Grocer

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

Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii)
Cystosoma saundersii / Bladder cicada

Pauropsalta mneme
Pauropsalta mneme

Timothy Emery from Thursday Island, Torres Strait off Cape York, Queensland. Bagpiipe.
Lembeja paradoxa / Bagpipe cicada

Diemeniana euronotiana. Photo by David Emery.
Diemeniana euronotiana

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

Psaltoda moerens aka Red Eye by David Emery. Photo by David Emery.
Psaltoda moerens / Redeye cicada

Thopha saccata / Double Drummer
Thopha saccata / Double Drummer

Adding a Thompson’s Floury Baker (Abricta curvicosta)10 at David’s recommendation:

Floury Baker by Michelle Thompson

  1. Cyclochila australasiae can be found in eastern Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and most emerge in October and November (1 Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 61.).
  2. 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 (2 ibid, p. 95.).
  3. The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW, and are most common Nov-Jan. (3 ibid, p. 193.)
  4. The Pauropsalta mneme can be found in south-eastern NSW, Victoria, and a small pocket in South Australia, from late September to early January. (4 ibid, p. 131.)
  5. The Bagpipe cicada can be found in the Northern tip of Queensland, from October to February, but they’re most common during January. (5 ibid, p. 178)
  6. The Diemeniana euronotiana can be found in eastern NSW, south-eastern Victoria and Tasmania. They are most common in late November to January. (6 ibid, p. 112)
  7. The White Drummer cicada can be found in eastern Queensland and NSW, from November to April, but they are most common during December and January. (7 ibid, p. 58)
  8. The Redeye cicada can be found in eastern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, and are most abundant in late November and December. (8 ibid, p.75)
  9. The Double Drummer can be found in parts of eastern Queensland and Eastern NSW, from November to early March. (9 ibid, p.55)
  10. The Floury Baker can be found along the coast of Queenland & NSW. Adults are most common in late December and January. (10 ibid, p.119)

1 Comment

  1. Dave Marshall says:

    A good one to mention/illustrate on lists such as this is the “Floury Baker”, Aleeta curvicosta (formerly Abricta curvicosta). It is very common in well-populated eastern areas like Sydney, and it sings often during the day. Also has one of the better Aussie cicada common names.

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