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Brown Bunyip (male)

Tamasa tristigma

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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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2 Comments

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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