Desert Screamer Burbunga hillieri (Distant, 1907)
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Formerly known as Macrotristria hillieri. Species number (TNS): 032. Fore wing length: 41–49 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Throughout inland Australia in western Queensland and New South Wales, the north-western edge of Victoria, the north- eastern half of South Australia, southern half of the Northern Territory and central Western Australia where it reaches the coast. In Queensland and New South Wales, it occurs east to Duaringa, Mitchell, Eulo and Cobar. Adults may occur from September to March. Notable localities: Simpson Desert National Park, Jericho, Laverton, Cobar, Sandstone. Habitat: Populations occur in acacia scrub including Gidgee (Acacia cambagei), Mulga (A. aneura) and Ironwood (A. excelsa), as well as small shrubs in sparsely treed deserts. Calling song and behaviour: A continuous, loud buzz that occurs for long periods during the heat of the day and at dusk. Adults are cryptic against the bark and tend to sit still rather than fly away. Similar species: Floury Bark Cicada, Western Screamer. database record
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