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Double Drummer

 
Introduction:
Black to orange brown in colour with black and orange markings, males have large pockets on the sides of the abdomen.
Identification:
Males have large pockets (tymbals) on the sides of the abdomen, females abdomen ends in a sharp point.  Black to orange brown in colour with black and orange markings on the back of the thorax and between the eyes. Body size up to 12 cm.
Max. Size: 12 cm.
Distribution: Eastern Australia
Habitat: Forests, woodlands and urban areas
Biology:
One of the largest cicadas in Australia and the loudest in the world, its high-pitched erratic whine sounds a bit like a bad bagpipe player. Males use the double drums on the abdomen to amplify the sound they produce. When populations are dense, these cicadas are almost unbearable to be near when they sing in unison.  Often many emerge together and tend to gather on trunks of large eucalypts. Clusters of empty nymph skins (exuviae) can be seen around the bases of eucalypts. Some years they are very common other years they can be absent.  Has a tendency to fly out to sea; thousands of individuals have been reported as far as 8 km offshore. The exact length of the life cycle is unknown.
Other Common Names:
Family: Cicadidae
Genus: Thopha
Species: saccata
Related Objects:

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(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287035 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287041 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Tomago water catchment near Raymond Terrace , (32 46' S , 151 51' E), 17 Nov 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.3147 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Illawarra, , (34 38' S , 150 44' E), 1896

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287046 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Near Wauchope, road to Bluff camping area, near Beadmont , (31 27' 27" S , 152 43' 57" E), 11 Jan 1999

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287045 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287044 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) ,

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287043 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Tomago water catchment near Raymond Terrace , (32 46' S , 151 51' E), 17 Nov 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287042 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Tomago water catchment near Raymond Terrace , (32 46' S , 151 51' E), 17 Nov 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287048 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287040 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Mount Sugarloaf, West Wallsend, near Newcastle , (32 53' S , 151 32' E), 3 Jan 1979

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287039 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287038 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287032 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Jervis Bay Territory, Jervis Bay National Park , (35 10' 35" S , 150 35' E), 24 Oct 1992

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287036 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287031 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Tomago water catchment near Raymond Terrace , (32 46' S , 151 51' E), 17 Nov 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287034 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Jervis Bay Territory, Jervis Bay National Park , (35 10' 35" S , 150 35' E), 24 Oct 1992

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287033 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Jervis Bay Territory, Jervis Bay National Park , (35 10' 35" S , 150 35' E), 24 Oct 1992

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287037 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287058 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287047 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road near Menai , (34 1' S , 150 59' E), 6 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287066 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, 3km southeast of Wedderburn , (34 8' 58" S , 150 49' 46" E), 15 Nov 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287065 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, 3km southeast of Wedderburn , (34 8' 58" S , 150 49' 46" E), 15 Nov 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287064 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, 3km southeast of Wedderburn , (34 8' 58" S , 150 49' 46" E), 15 Nov 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287063 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, 3km southeast of Wedderburn , (34 8' 58" S , 150 49' 46" E), 15 Nov 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287062 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, 3km southeast of Wedderburn , (34 8' 58" S , 150 49' 46" E), 15 Nov 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287061 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287067 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, 3km southeast of Wedderburn , (34 8' 58" S , 150 49' 46" E), 15 Nov 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287059 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Ingleburn , (34 S , 150 52' E), 2 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287050 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Ingleburn , (34 S , 150 52' E), 2 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287057 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287056 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Royal National Park, Upper Couranga Track , (34 7' S , 151 4' E), 6 Dec 2003

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287055 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287054 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287053 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Lane Cove , (33 48' 57" S , 151 10' 0" E), 15 Nov 1942

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287052 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Lindfield , (33 46' 51" S , 151 9' 36" E), 27 Nov 1965

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287051 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287060 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.286998 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Bendalong, , (35 13' 38" S , 150 29' 24" E), 3 Jan 1969

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287009 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Lindfield , (33 46' 51" S , 151 9' 36" E), 19 Dec 1958

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287008 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287007 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney , (33 52' S , 151 13' E), Nov 1936

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287006 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) ,

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287004 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Berkshire Park , (33 40' 54" S , 150 47' 5" E), 25 Nov 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287002 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Queensland, Brisbane , (27 28' 15" S , 153 1' 27" E), 28 Dec 1920

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287001 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) ,

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287010 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Lansdowne State Forest; Peninsula Rd. , (31 44' 27" S , 152 31' 33" E), 15 Dec 1980

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.286999 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Mosman , (33 49' 39" S , 151 14' 35" E), 7 Dec 1949

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287005 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, North Bendalong, , (35 13' 54" S , 150 32' 4" E), 27 Dec 1969

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.286997 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Baulkham Hills , (33 48' S , 151 E), Jan 1966

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.286995 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Ingleburn , (34 S , 150 52' E), 2 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.286994 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, South West Rocks, , (30 53' 18" S , 153 2' 19" E), Dec 1929

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.286993 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, South West Rocks, , (30 53' 18" S , 153 2' 19" E), Dec 1929

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287049 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Putty Valley , (32 58' S , 150 40' E), 20 Jan 1999

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287030 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Jervis Bay Territory, Jervis Bay National Park , (35 10' 35" S , 150 35' E), 24 Oct 1992

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287000 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, W Lake Macquarie , (33 5' 36" S , 151 35' 20" E), 18 Dec 1980

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287025 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Lansdowne State Forest; Peninsula Rd. , (31 44' 27" S , 152 31' 33" E), 15 Dec 1980

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287029 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Jervis Bay Territory, Jervis Bay National Park , (35 10' 35" S , 150 35' E), 24 Oct 1992

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287028 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 11 Dec 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287003 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Lane Cove , (33 48' 57" S , 151 10' 0" E), Nov 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287026 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Wallingat State Forest , (32 14' 55" S , 152 25' 4" E), 28 Jan 1981

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287011 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Heathcote , (34 4' 54" S , 151 1' 4" E), 15 Dec 1952

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287024 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Central Coast, Noraville , (33 15' 55" S , 151 34' 4" E), 21 Nov 1980

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287023 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Mount Sugarloaf, West Wallsend, near Newcastle , (32 53' S , 151 32' E), 3 Jan 1979

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287022 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Ingleburn , (34 S , 150 52' E), 2 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287021 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Queensland, Herberton, , (17 22' 53" S , 145 23' 2" E), 20 Nov 1952

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287020 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Ingleburn , (34 S , 150 52' E), 2 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287018 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Northbridge , (33 48' 47" S , 151 13' 1" E), 31 Oct 1962

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287012 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, Queensland, Paluma, The Saddle , (19 S , 146 16' E), 8 Dec 1971

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287017 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Lilyvale , (34 10' 54" S , 151 1' 11" E), 24 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287016 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Landsdowne , (33 53' S , 150 58' E), 16 Dec 1980

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287015 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Gordon , (33 44' 54" S , 151 9' 4" E), 3 Jan 1943

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287014 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Merrylands , (33 50' S , 150 59' E), Feb 1953

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287013 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Croydon , (33 52' S , 151 6' E), 23 Dec 1949

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287019 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Ingleburn , (34 S , 150 52' E), 2 Dec 1978

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

K.287027 - Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) - Australia, New South Wales, Heathcote Road, near Liverpool , (33 56' S , 150 56' E), 13 Dec 1998