RED EYE CICADA FACTS
The Red Eye Cicada is a black cicada with dark red eyes. Adult cicadas are shiny black above with paler underside and has lacy transparent wings with black veins. They feed by piercing the bark with their mouthparts and feeding on the tree sap. They are most often seen in summer from November to February. It is found mainly on eucalypt trees, but is also seen on introduced garden and park trees.
wingspan up to 12 cm
eucalypt woodland and forest
feeds mainly on Eucalypt and also Angophora trees
The female lays her eggs in the bark of a tree. When the eggs hatch the nymphs fall to the ground and burrow under the soil where they feed on tree sap. When the nymphs are mature they emerge from the soil and moult emerging as adults.
Psaltoda moerens is found in south east Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and northern Tasmania.
|Common Name:||Red Eye Cicada|