Thopha saccata, commonly known as the double drummer, is the largest
Australian species of cicada and reputedly the loudest insect in the
world. Documented by the Danish zoologist Johan Christian Fabricius in
1803, it was the first described and named cicada native to Australia.
Its common name comes from the large dark red-brown sac-like pockets
that the adult male has on each side of its abdomen—the "double
drums"—that are used to amplify the sound it produces. The adult
double drummer is the largest Australian species of cicada. Broad-headed
compared with other cicadas, the double drummer is mostly brown with a
black pattern across the back of its thorax, and has red-brown and black
underparts. The sexes are similar in appearance, though the female lacks
the male's tymbals and sac-like covers. Found in sclerophyll forest in
Queensland and New South Wales, adult double drummers generally perch
high in the branches of large eucalypts. They emerge from the ground
where they have spent several years as nymphs from November until March,
and live for another four to five weeks. They appear in great numbers in
some years, yet are absent in others.
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