Grass Faerie Parnkalla muelleri (Distant, 1882)
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Other name(s): Yellow Sugarcane Cicada. Species number (TNS): 133. Fore wing length: : 15–20 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Queensland, mostly east of the Great Dividing Range from Coen inland to Mt. Garnet south to Carnarvon Gorge and further south to the Lockyer Valley and Brookfield (western Brisbane). The species extends into northern New South Wales around Kyogle and also near Moree. Adults are fairly short- lived (approximately two weeks) and populations emerge following rain between October and March. Notable localities: Proserpine, Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Kingaroy, Laidley, Moree (M. Coombs). Habitat: This species occurs in areas of grassland, including pasture grasses and sugarcane. Adults also often occur on native and introduced shrubs growing in grassland. Calling song and behaviour: A coarse, high-pitched buzz, with a pulsating component and a continuous component. When thousands of individuals are singing, the chorus becomes a piercing, and continuous. This species can become incredibly abundant upon emergence and has been recorded as a pest species in sugar cane (Moulds, 1990). In such large emergences, clouds of individuals take flight from taller grasses and shrubs. Colour variation: Specimens exhibit limited variation in colour. Similar species: Closest relatives are in the genus Tamasa.
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