In case you did not know, these are the empty nymph skin casing of a cicada, most likely the Orange Drummer that are found throughout Central Australia and the MacDonnell Ranges. It is from these shell casing that the final life cycle of the cicada from larva form to adult cicada.

These photographs were taken around Ormiston Gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges.

You can check out more information and images under our Fauna Index about the cicada and the Orange Drummer that is quiet a common cicada found in Central Australia.


  • Scientific classification
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Infraorder: Cicadomorpha
  • Superfamily: Cicadoidea
  • Family: CicadidaeGenus: Many
  • Family: TettigarctidaeGenus: Tettigarcta