Story: Cicadas

Burrowing nymph

Burrowing nymph

Tunnelling into the ground, the cicada nymph encounters plant roots. To feed, it inserts its needle-like mouthparts, which contain two fine tubes, into a root. It pumps saliva down one tube while sucking the partially digested root sap up the other.

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John Marris, 'Cicadas - Life cycle and enemies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2021)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007