Animal Species:Double Drummer Cicada

The Double Drummer is one the largest cicadas in Australia and it has a song to match.

Head of Double Drummer Cicada

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Standard Common Name

Double Drummer

Size range

12 cm - 15 cm

Distribution

The Double Drummer is found throughout eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Double Drummer lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Seasonality

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.

Communication

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.

Classification

Species:
saccata
Genus:
Thopha
Subfamily:
Cicadinae
Family:
Cicadidae
Superfamily:
Cicadoidea
Suborder:
Cicadomorpha
Order:
Hemiptera
Superorder:
Auchenorrhyncha
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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