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Bladder Cicada

Cystosoma saundersii


The bladder cicada is a large cicada up to 5 cm long that is green in colour, and with leaf-like wings. The most distinctive feature of males is their large abdomen (from which they have gained the name ‘bladder’), which is hollow and acts as an echo-chamber to amplify their calls.


Bladder cicadas range over north, central and south-east Queensland. They are often found in gardens on exotic trees and shrubs, hedges and lantana. Although they can be difficult to see because of their green colour, the old skins discarded by growing cicadas can sometimes be found on tree trunks.


Spotted on concrete outside house acting very slugish

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1 Comment

AliceGreenup 10 years ago

These guys have very unfortunate names...

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 15, 2013
Submitted on Oct 15, 2013

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