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March 1, 2019

Thopha colorata Distant, 1907

Filed under: Australia | Thopha | Thophini | W. L. Distant — Dan @ 1:01 am

Thopha colorata is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as the Orange Drummer and W Bug because of the W on its back (mesonotum) (thanks David Emery).

Photo by Jodi:
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)
A gallery of more of Jodi’s photos.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Thophini
Genus: Thopha
Species: Thopha colorata Distant, 1907

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


  1. david emery says:

    also known as the “W bug”

    1. Dan says:

      Thanks David!

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