The sounds of summer

Published 18 Dec 2014 
about  Scottsdale Reserve  
One of many cicadas on Scottsdale - the big, the small and the noisy!<br/> 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 Red-eye (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, Red-eyes 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!

One of many cicadas on Scottsdale - the big, the small and the noisy!<br/> One of many cicadas on Scottsdale - the big, the small and the noisy!