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Masked devil cicada emerging

Cyclochila australasiae


A hot day ended in a mass emergence of cicada nymphs under a large tree. Under cover of darkness each split out of its nympal shell and expanded its wings over about 30 minutes. There were three forms, the well known green form and two similar color variants known colloquially as masked devils. The two forms are dichromatic and had developed a black abdomen and black facemask by the morning (last pic)

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MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks 阿蘇
Thanks Leanne

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Amazing Martin!

阿蘇 9 years ago

Amazing!!!! so unique this cicada~

MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks CindyBK
Thanks Dhirendra
Thanks ReikoS
Thanks DoreenC
Thansk Beaker98

beaker98 9 years ago

Amazing! Love it!

doreen.chambers.14 9 years ago

Beautiful indeed!

RiekoS 9 years ago

Very nice.

Dhiren 9 years ago

lovely taken...

Awesome, Martin!

MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks AryaM
Thanks Arlanda
Thanks MarkR
Thanks LeubaR
This masked form is fairly common but also new information for me. My friend thought there were two different species mating Who would have thought they have two colors forms too?
Here is Marks spotting

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Dramatic and just wonderful ! Brilliant spotting - thanks Martin.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Great series Martin. The colour change is nice to see.

arlanda 9 years ago


Arya 9 years ago

Very cool sequence!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 21, 2013
Submitted on Oct 21, 2013

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