Cyclochila australasiae

Cyclochila australasiae

The Green Grocer Cicada is a common insect throughout Australia, and one of the loudest insects in the world recorded at up to 150dB. Cicada nymphs live underground for several years, drinking sap from plant roots before emerging from the earth and climbing trees to molt their nymph casing (shown in photo) as adults where they live for around six weeks, flying, mate and breed over the summer months. Their loud breeding calls are synonymous with warm, summer days and are produced from ridged membranes on their abdomens called tymbals.

Location : RJ Hamer Arboretum, Victoria, Australia
Subject : Cyclochila australasiae
Lens : Canon EF 100m f/2.8 USM