Animal Species:Double Drummer Cicada
The Double Drummer is one the largest cicadas in Australia and it has a song to match.
12 cm - 15 cm
The Double Drummer is found throughout eastern Australia.
The Double Drummer lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.
Adult Double Drummers can be found from November to March and tend to gather on large eucalypt trees. Often many adults emerge together and clusters of empty nymph skins (called exuviae) can be seen around the bases of eucalypts.
Other behaviours and adaptations
The Double Drummer seems to have a tendency to fly out to sea. Thousands of individuals have been reported as far as 8 km offshore. Their bodies are sometimes washed up on beaches.
One of the loudest of all cicadas, the Double Drummer's high-pitched erratic whine sounds a bit like a bad bagpipe player. When populations are dense, these cicadas are almost unbearable to be near when they sing in unison.