Animal Species:Red Eye Cicada

The Red Eye cicada can be very common one year, with thousands of individuals in a few trees, but then completely absent the next year.

Above a Red Eye Cicada

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Standard Common Name

Red Eye

Size range

11 cm - 12 cm

Distribution

The Red Eye is found from southern Queensland to Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

The Red Eye lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

The Red Eye prefers eucalypts and large Angophora trees in open bushland, but it can also be found on other trees in suburban areas. It is not advisable to stand under trees with high populations of Red Eyes. As the cicadas feed on the tree sap, they expel small droplets of clear waste fluid, which can fall to the ground in a constant spray when numbers are high.

Communication

The song of the male Red Eye is distinctive with two parts - a slow revving sound and a continuous call with a mild rattle. It sings at any time, and on hot days almost continuously.

Classification

Species:
moerens
Genus:
Psaltoda
Subfamily:
Cicadinae
Family:
Cicadidae
Superfamily:
Cicadoidea
Infraorder:
Cicadomorpha
Suborder:
Auchenorrhyncha
Order:
Hemiptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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