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Large Bottle Cicada (in spider's web)

Glaucopsaltria viridis

Description:

This genus is closely allied to Chlorocysta, but has 6 apical cells in the hindwing and 13 apical cells in the forewing. The male (pictured above) also has a greatly inflated, hollow abdomen, and the female abdomen much smaller and tapered. Male length varies from 28-33mm, female 18-20mm. Forewing lengths ranges from 28-34mm. (Some information referenced from the book - Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - a Queensland Museum publication)

Habitat:

Adults are found in leafy rainforest trees growing beside creeks, in dry vine scrubs, exotic shrubs, and in the suburbs of Brisbane. This particular cicada (above) was captured in a mango tree.

Notes:

This unfortunate Large Bottle Cicada was captured in the web of a Garden Orb Spider, and despatched (killed) accordingly. It all happened so quickly, and the light was intermittent between sunshine and shade. All too fast for a little pocket camera, but I did my best to document the event.

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Nice series Neil.

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Beautiful cicada and sad ending.....

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 19, 2011
Submitted on Apr 27, 2013

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