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Floury Baker, Cicada Image: Bruce Hulbert
© Bruce Hulbert

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    curvicosta
    Genus
    Abricta
    Family
    Cicadidae
    Super Family
    Cicadoidea
    Suborder
    Auchenorrhyncha
    Infraorder
    Cicadomorpha
    Order
    Hemiptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    9 cm - 10 cm

Introduction

The common name of the Floury Baker cicada comes from the flour-like dusting that covers much of the body surface of newly emerged adults.

Habitat

The Floury Baker has adapted to a wide variety of habitats, including urban areas. It is common in Sydney suburbs and even in the city centre on the branches of native shrubs and trees.

Distribution

The Floury Baker is found in eastern Australia.

Communication

The song of the male Floury Baker is a distinctive hiss that can be heard at any time of the day. It starts with short one-second hisses and speeds up into a long continuous hiss that, on warm evenings, can last for up to 20 minutes.