Cherrynose Cicada, Macrotristria angularis Click to enlarge image
Cherrynose Cicada, Macrotristria angularis Image: David Gray
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    angularis
    Genus
    Macrotristria
    Subfamily
    Cicadinae
    Family
    Cicadidae
    Super Family
    Cicadoidea
    Order
    Hemiptera
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    11-13 cm
  • Life history mode
    arboreal, burrowing

Introduction

Populations of the Cherrynose vary considerably from year to year. Sometimes they are abundant and other times they can be scarce or absent for several years.

Identification

Named for its reddish-brown "nose" (clypeus), the Cherrynose can be a common cicada of the Sydney region during late November and December.

Habitat

Cherrynoses live in forests and woodlands.

Distribution

Cherrynoses are found throughout eastern Australia.

Life history cycle

Nymphs live in the ground and feed on sap from tree roots, adults are free living in trees