Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Cicada damage

Order: Hemiptera
Family: Cicadidae

Size range

  • Scars on twig, 4–5 mm
  • Medium to large insects, bigger species up to 40 mm in length including wings


  • New Zealand native
  • About 40 New Zealand species, many identifiable by the song

Life History

  • Very loud in summer months
  • Feed on plant sap
  • Eggs laid in grooves in twigs
  • Egg grooves cause damage to twigs often causing them to break
  • Larvae develop underground, feeding on tree roots

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