Bassian Buzzer Myopsalta bassiana Popple, 2017
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Species number (TNS): 286. Fore wing length: 16–18 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Scattered populations occur from Gibraltar Range and Pilliga State Forest in northern New South Wales south through Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park in Sydney and Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory to near Omeo in northern Victoria. Occurrences are highly localised, with adults being present between October and January. Notable localities: Gibraltar Range, Pilliga State Forest, Warrumbungle National Park, Terrey Hills (Sydney), Canberra. Habitat: At Gibraltar Range, New South Wales, this species has been observed in grassland in an understorey of tall open forest. In the Sydney area and in the Warrumbungle National Park adults occur on the main trunks of Eucalyptus spp. in open forest. In the Canberra area, adults occur on grasses, shrubs and tree trunks in open woodland. Calling song and behaviour: A short (1-2 second) buzz phrase followed by a tick. This is repeated every few seconds. After singing for some time the interlude between each phrase becomes filled with soft, rapid ticking (similar to Yoyetta). Its behaviour is similar to other Myopsalta species. Similar species: Fence Buzzer, Brown Buzzer, Warwick Grass Buzzer, Olive Vine Buzzer. database record
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