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Brown Bunyip (male)

Tamasa tristigma


Brown Bunyip is a commonly seen cicada species in Brisbane bushlands and gardens, but why they call this a 'Brown' Bunyip is anyone's guess - it looks more silver than brown to me. The spots on the wings gave the clue I needed to ID this species, and from the images searches I have done I believe this to be accurate. Female's wings are clear, males have three dark spots on the tips of each forewings. Males also have a boarder and short abdomen. It's song is monotonous, even, continuous low pitched buzzing, which may continue for many minutes.


Usually found in open forest and around Brisbane's leafy suburbs. Found in gardens, especially in casuarinas, acacias, and also jacarandas.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

There really are, and they're living at my place. Giant yowie's disguised as cicadas. Clever :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

So there really ARE Bunyips ! :-)

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Dec 23, 2013
Submitted on Jan 15, 2014

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