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!