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Australian Cicada.
Cyclochila australasiae, commonly known as the green grocer, is a species of cicada and one of Australia's most familiar insects. It is distributed through coastal regions of southeastern Australia. It is one of the loudest insects in the world.
Cyclochila australasiae measures about 4cm. (1.6in.) in length, with a wingspan of 11–13cm. (4–5in.) Diverse colour forms are seen, the most common being predominantly green or brownish yellow. It has red eyes. The exuvia, or discarded empty exoskeleton of the nymph form, is commonly seen on tree trunks in gardens and bushland during the summer months.
The loud calls of the male are heard over the summer months; harsh and high-pitched, these may reach 150 decibels. The sound is made by the rapid buckling of the timbal ribs, and amplified by resonation in an air sac; the frequency is around 4.3 kHz. Calls occur in the afternoon and dusk of warm days.
The cicada spends seven years in nymph form drinking sap from plant roots underground before emerging from the earth as an adult. The adults, who live for six weeks, fly around, mate, and breed over the summer.
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Niccy, greatly enlarged here, this one would be full-size at 4cm. I can't recall seeing any that were much bigger than that. ♥♥♥


Wow, he's a big one! Looks bigger than 4cm, Nev?!


Heidi, some of ours are of dark colouring too, but one thing they ALL have in common is NOISE!! :-))) ♥♥♥


Pam, this one has amazingly beautiful wings. ♥♥♥


Our cicadas are mostly black and VERY noisy.


Great photo puzzle and info - thanks, Nev. :-))


Nice to know they are happy elsewhere ,thousands of miles away from Occitania and the Provence.


Andie, exactly as they are here. ♥♥♥


Very accurate description of the cicada's life Nev,nymph and adult .
When we visit Anaïs we can find some chrysalides on treetrunks and can see the big holes cicadas dig in the ground where the nymph will spend years.
As soon as we step out of the motorhome their music welcomes us ,then I know I am "home"♥☺♥☺♥



Bev, I very much appreciate your info. Our Cicadas are the noisy ones, and only eat tree sap. They are not Locusts as they do not eat any vegetation. ♥♥♥

There are many nicknames for cicadas. Periodic cicadas (17-year/13-year Magicicadas) are often called Locusts. Annual, summertime cicadas (primarily Tibicens) are called Jar Fly or Jarfly, Harvest Fly or “Dog Day” cicada depending on what part of the USA you're from.
Many of your posts start a bevy of responses. I love it and thank you!!

Andie, that is so cute a tale. :))

Hi Nev.
They are noisy. When I sat out this summer. one twilight eve. had to go in they were so loud.
Cute little thing. Thank you. 10-14-19


Thanks Nev♥♥♥


We have a similar fable here. We also have Cicadas, but I didn't know what they ate. TFS


Andie, I do know that Aesop's Fable, but I know it better from the 1875 painting by Jehan Georges Vibert (a Frenchman), which was titled The Ant and The Grasshopper. Bommom (Gayle) posted this one about 12 months ago. ♥♥♥


Your description of this cicada is very similar to that of our cicadas Nev,at least the ones which live in my homeplace in the south of France .Anaïs still gets a lot of them in summer and do they make a noise ..I love them.They will forever remind me of my Provence.

And everytime we speak of cicadas there's that fable "la cigale et la fourmi "from J. de la Fontaine coming up .Have you ever heard of it ?
It's the story of a little cicada asking food from an ant ..She says how hungry she is now that summer is over and asks for some crumbles to survive in winter .But the ant says :
"and what were you doing when it was hot? "
" I was singing day and night "
"Ah ,so you were ? well you can dance now !!!"


La Cigale, ayant chanté
Tout l'été,
Se trouva fort dépourvue
Quand la bise fut venue.
Pas un seul petit morceau
De mouche ou de vermisseau .
Elle alla crier famine
Chez la Fourmi sa voisine,
La priant de lui prêter
Quelque grain pour subsister
Jusqu'à la saison nouvelle.
Je vous paierai, lui dit-elle,
Avant l'août , foi d'animal,
Intérêt et principal.
La Fourmi n'est pas prêteuse ;
C'est là son moindre défaut .
Que faisiez-vous au temps chaud ?
Dit-elle à cette emprunteuse .
Nuit et jour à tout venant
Je chantais, ne vous déplaise.
Vous chantiez ? j'en suis fort aise :
Et bien ! dansez maintenant.

Of course it is pure fantasy as ants don't collect grain and cicadas die at the end of summer but we had to learn it by heart at school and every boy or girl all over France knew it


@valt46 Found it Val. Will be posting it in the morning for you. ♥♥♥


Val, I've posted a picture of "Lizzie" (as Marge calls her), when she lived under our back steps previously. Initially, she scared Marge out of her wits when she sunned herself every morning, but eventually Marge and Lizzie 'became acquainted'. We gave Lizzie either fruit or vegetables (she liked both), depending on what we had in the fruit bowl, or the fridge. We discovered that sultana grapes were her favourite, but they had to be at room temperature, and not cold out of the fridge. Bananas was another favourite.
I only knew about a Blue Tongue's diet when I was still working. Eight or ten of us would sit near the corner of our building, under an awning, for lunch. There were cracks near the bottom of the wall, some were very large, and out popped a Blue Tongue one day. My Boss (John) was eating a salad at the time, and threw a piece of carrot his way. Wow, did he like that. Next day he was back again, and more veges were tossed his way. All promptly disappeared. Then we tried him on fruit, and that quickly disappeared too.
I'll try and find that picture of Lizzie for you, and repost it. But it's in the Archives, and I'm unsure whether I'll be able to find it again. If I do find and repost, I'll be sure and let you know. ♥♥♥


Nev what a great story take a photo for us, sorry ask Marge if she can ♥♥♥


rjh1936, many thanks for your visit, and the video link was most appreciated too. The one that Dr. Dave was handling is roughly around the same size as ours, maybe slightly longer. They are lovely things, but we hesitated to make ours a "pet" because Blue Tongues like to roam free to gather their food. So we've left him to do "his own thing".
Though a Blue Tongue looks scary, they are "human friendly", and obviously do not bite.
Thanks for joining us in our discussions. Nev, Sydney, Australia.



Val, we get the occasional grasshopper and stick insect too.
Interestingly, we had a large Blue Tongue Lizard, probably about 15ins. long, living under our back steps, a few years ago. He loved fruit, so we left some out for him each morning, prior to him coming out to "sun" himself. Then he moved on to the neighbours on our lower side, but they befriended a dog, and the dog wasn't very welcoming. So he moved up the street to our topside neighbour's home, and has been there ever since. However, Kaye is presently getting her kitchen renovated, and all the "noise" scared him. So he's come back here now, as Marge saw him in our front garden today when she was watering. The "life and times" of a Blue Tongue Lizard. ♥♥♥


Nev great puzzle, I love hearing them in the garden, we call them Grass Hoppers as well as Cicada, along with the stick insects that fascinate me too♥♥♥


Ella, you've reminded me of an orange bug sometimes found on citrus trees here called a Stink Bug. And be assured they are aptly named. ♥♥♥


They're very interesting looking with their lacy wings. We don't have Cicadas in California, but we do have a small 1/2 inch green Lace Wing which gives off an atrocious odor when touched.


Janet, I love my Cicadas too, always have done since I was a kid. We have a mixture here of these large green ones plus the smaller brown ones you mentioned. No, none yet here either, as they generally herald Summer (though your Summer seems to have arrived early!)
The 17-year locust is certainly quite different to an Aussie cicada which, as you say, just chirps loudly and does no damage. ♥♥♥


Ardy, I am thinking that yours are vegetation eaters whereas ours are not - Aussie ones eat tree sap. And they never bother humans either, keeping right away from people. I might see two or three each Summer, but they are not in such numbers here that we would ever trample them underfoot. ♥♥♥


Rebekka, we generally hear them from afar and the noise is quite bearable. It's only when you get right up close that the noise might bother you.
The lace on the wing is indeed a work of art. ♥♥♥


Jackie, "a face only a mother could love" - I can see that. :-))) ♥♥♥


Redina, "Jarflies", that's an interesting one. Yes, I've come across their empty shells too, still clinging to the bark of a tree. ♥♥♥


Bobbie, we'll take it. Most Aussies (myself included) do like our Cicadas. ♥♥♥


arPie, to the question, Are cicadas locusts?, Wikipedia supplies the following info:-
Locusts and cicadas, particularly periodical cicadas, are often confused. However, the two are quite different. Locusts are a type of grasshopper, while cicadas are actually cousins of crickets.
It might be that your country's 13-year and 17-year periodical cicadas are different to our Australian cicadas. Our cicadas do not eat vegetation - they exist solely on the sap of trees. So, we may be discussing "oranges and apples" here. Nev.


Ella, tohle je naše nejběžnější, zvaná Green Grocer. Je to také o našem největším. Mnohé jsou menší a různé barvy. Pokud jsou na nízké větvi stromu, můžete někdy být dostatečně rychle na to, abyste ho chytili, a to vám bude cvrlikat v ruce. Jakmile však otevřete ruku, odletí. ♥♥♥

Ella, this is our most common one, called the Green Grocer. It is also about our largest. Many are smaller, and of different colour. If they are on the low branch of a tree you can sometimes be quick enough to grab one, and it will chirp in your hand. But as soon as you open your hand, it will fly away. ♥♥♥


I love Cicadas Nev and this is a fun one. Great info too. We have the brown ones in ours trees. Haven't heard them yet, so it's probably not hot enough. Thanks and hugs my friend ♥♥♥

Ardy those 17-year locusts are a type of grasshopper, not cicadas. They do terrible damage eating everything, cicadas don't, just make a noise! ♥


The 17-year locust here are terrible. When they swarm they are everywhere. You can't walk without crunching some underfoot. It's terrible. I don't remember when we had the last infestation. It's happened at least twice since I've been here, maybe three times. You can keep them, Nev. I won't care if I never see them again. In fact I'd be happy to never see them again. ☺


I've heard horror stories about how loud and persistent their noise is; I'm glad we don't have them here! If you take a close look at his wing, you'll see that it's rather lovely. Thanks, Nev :-)

he's a very pretty colors, but he's very ugly. sorry i had to say that, but it's true. hugs !!!!!


We always called them jarflies for some reason. We had black ones in Arkansas, and they are noisy but I don't mind it. I remember seeing their empty shells. For a bug, this is a handsome fella. :))


I'll let you have this guy also. ;-D

We have 13 and 17 year cicadas east of the Rocky Mountains in the US. They are shaped similar to yours, but the colors are very different. We saw quite a few in the Dallas area this year, but I don't know which type. I suppose it will be a long time before we see them again. Thanks for the interesting puzzle!


Nev I have never seen cicadas. I have heard them many times but never seen. So I am very happy I can see them here. You are very kind you show me this beauty. Because it is really very nice. Thank you a lot for sharing and send many greetings, Ella

Nev, nikdy jsem cikády neviděla. Mnohokrát jsem je slyšela, ale nikdy neviděla. Takže jsem velmi šťastna, že je mohu vidět tady. Jsi velmi laskavý, že mi tu krásu ukazuješ. Protože je opravdu moc hezká. Děkuji moc za sdílení a posílám mnoho pozdravů, Ella

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