Double Drummer Cicada - Thopha saccata Card
Australian native fauna
Reproduced from an original watercolour painting by Cheryl Hodges
Greeting card 10 x 15cm, blank inside with white envelope
Text on reverse of card reads:
Thopha saccata is the largest Australian species of cicada. It is thought to be the loudest insect in the world. On each side of the males’ abdomen there are the small pockets, the double drums, which are used to amplify the sound they produce. Females do not have the double drums but have a longer abdomen tip. This was the first described and named cicada native to Australia, by the Danish zoologist Johan Christian Fabricius in 1803.