The sounds of summer

on 18 Dec 2014 
One of many cicadas on Scottsdale - the big, the small and the noisy!

As we move into the warmer weather the sound of cicadas on our Scottsdale Reserve has become a constant, deafening noise.

Commonly known as the redeye (a Psaltoda species), this native species of cicada is found all through south east Australia and numbers can alter dramatically from year to year – apparently disappearing completely in some years.

Feeding mainly on tree sap from Eucalypts such as the local apple box and yellow box, redeyes expel fine drops of clear waste fluid that feel like tiny rain drops.

Their song consists of a continuous rumbling phase and several 'yodelling' (varying pitch) phases. Grabbing my phone I managed to catch this cicada wandering up a trunk before pausing to contribute to the chorus!