Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Cicada nymph

Order: Hemiptera
Family: Cicadidae

Size range

  • About 20 mm long


  • New Zealand native

Life History

  • Nymphs develop underground, feeding on tree roots
  • About 40 New Zealand species, many identifiable by the song
  • 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

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