Bottle Cicada (species complex) Glaucopsaltria viridis Goding and Froggatt, 1904
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Species number (TNS): 580, 581. Fore wing length: 27–34 mm. Distribution and seasonality: From near Gin Gin in south- east Queensland south to Dorrigo in New South Wales, with an isolated population around Mackay, Cape Hillsborough, Eungella and Carlisle Island in central Queensland. Adults occur from September until June. Notable localities: Cooroy, Brisbane. Habitat: Rainforest, riparian forest, open forest with rainforest elements in the understorey, lush parklands and leafy gardens. Species complex includes: Large Bottle Cicada (TNS: 580): From near Gin Gin south to Dorrigo. Cape Hillsborough Bottle Cicada (TNS: 581): Found around Mackay, Cape Hillsborough, Eungella and Carlisle Island. Calling song and behaviour: A continuous whistle with mild fluctuations like the sound of a boiling kettle. Singing occurs for up to half an hour at dusk and also occasionally during thunderstorms and in response to the noises produced by aircraft or large trucks (Large Bottle Cicada); or in short bursts during the day (Cape Hillsborough Bottle Cicada). During the day and night Large Bottle Cicada males sporadically produce a short call consisting of 2–8 chirp-like clicks. This becomes more frequent in the late afternoon until the dusk chorus begins. Adults occur in the shade under the cover of leafy foliage. Colour variation: Specimens fade from green to yellow-brown after death. Natural bright yellow and potentially bright blue males can also be found. Similar species: Lesser Bottle Cicada, Reticulate Bottle Cicada.
Currently known extent database record:
Large Bottle Cicada