Baker - Aleeta curvicosta (Abricta curvicosta)
- This page contains pictures and information about Floury Baker Cicadas that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 35mm, male
- The Floury Baker Cicada is dark brown in colour with lighter brown centre
line on thorax. Its abdomen is rather 'floury' look so has its common name.
Wings are clean, with two spots near the tip on each forewing. At mid
summer, the Floury Baker Cicadas can be
found on almost every trees in my office front yard in Moorooka and in our
backyard in Eight Mile Plains.
They are common in Brisbane. Male and female look very similar and
about the same size.
One thing unusual is that they alway rest on tree trunk with face downwards.
Most, if not all, other cicadas face upwards. The pictures
were taken in early summer when a Floury Baker Cicada came to
visit us in our backyard.
- Their calling songs are distinctive. They start with zeep-zeep-zeep phrases, about
one zeep per second, then faster and faster until become a long
zeep sound for 10 seconds to over minutes, then stop and start again. A cicada on one tree will follow the zeep sound of a cicada on
another tree far away. It seems that they are comparing the loudness of their
songs with each other.
They sing from day to dusk.
- Floury Baker has adapted a wide variety of habitats and plant species.
The can be found in bushlands and in gardens. They can be found sitting on
paper barks, and other native stubs. They can be found on stems and
main tree trunks.
- Floury Baker Cicada tend to be solitary.
The Cicada Song
of Floury Baker Cicada.
8.0 seconds of sound waveform and spectrum.
The calling song do
not have a distinct carrier and pulse format. Just a random hiss-like tone from
300Hz to 4KHz.
the Floury Baker Cicada singing.
The Cicada Sound beside calling for mate
Different cicada species sings different song. From the song we
can tell the cicada species.
2004, a hot summer weekend when I was working in front
of my computer on this Brisbane Insects and Spiders web site, as usual I heard many of
this Floury Baker Cicadas singing outside in our backyard on the Maple trees. Suddenly I
heard a new cicada song. The song had the different pattern which I had never heard before. I
thought there must be a new species of cicadas came to visit us. I immediately
took my camera outside and look for it.
What I found was not a new cicada species.
Instead it was a Floury Baker Cicada attacked by a Praying Mantid.
The cicada might try to deter the mantid but with no luck.
- 1. Wildlife of Greater
Brisbane - Queensland Museum: Brisbane (1997), p82.
- 2. Species
Aleeta curvicosta (Germar, 1834) - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study.
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