You know when summer has arrived once the cicadas start to sing, drum, thrum,or any other name you would like to give to the non-stop background noise that goes on from sunrise to sunset.
This summer with very dry hot conditions has brought an explosion of cicadas from small species to large and a walk through the forest can be a deafening experience.
As they spend the majority of the day high in the trees most sightings are as they fly from tree to tree.
I managed to find a couple that were lower down on the trunk of spotted gums and get a few photos.
I am fairly sure that this a female Razor Grinder Herucopsaltria eydouxii which is found in Queensland and down the coastal forest areas.
The next one was a simple identification as a distinctive feature gives the common name,
Cherrynose Macrotristria angularis