Eastern Grass-buzzer Urabunana sericeivitta (Walker, 1862)
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Species number (TNS): 322. Fore wing length: 11–13 mm. Distribution and seasonality: From Bundaberg in Queensland south to near Sydney in New South Wales and inland to the Great Dividing Range. An isolated population also occurs near Tully Gorge, north Queensland. Adults occur from October to April. Notable localities: Near Tully Gorge (A. Ewart), Brookfield, Toohey Forest (Brisbane), Kalbar. Habitat: Populations typically occur in areas of kangaroo grass growing in open forest, although other grasslands in humid areas are also inhabited. In its habitat, the species can become common and widespread after rain. Calling song and behaviour: A high-pitched buzz that erupts in a series of broken phrases: "zigger-zigger-zigger- zigger"; the call then returns to the long buzz again and repeats several times. Singing typically occurs in bright sunshine. Individuals of this species are weak fliers and can easily be captured by hand. Colour variation: The standard form is straw coloured, with some green on the wings and occurs throughout the species’ range. A vivid green form also occurs from around Rosewood and the Fassifern Valley in Queensland south to Woodenbong in northern New South Wales. Similar species: Bent-winged Grass-buzzer can be found in a similar habitat and is superficially similar. However, U. sericeivittta lacks the strongly angled fore wings characteristic of that species.
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