Kōrero: Cicadas

Adult emerging

Adult emerging

When the nymph is ready to emerge as an adult, it burrows up to the surface. It then climbs up a tree trunk, fence post or other vertical surface, attaching itself with its sharp claws. The skin splits down the back as the adult pushes out, head first. The brittle empty husks can often be seen, still hanging by the claws. Adult cicadas feed on plant sap and only live several weeks – long enough to mate and lay their eggs.

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Photograph by John Marris, Lincoln University

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John Marris, 'Cicadas - Life cycle and enemies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11012/adult-emerging (accessed 20 September 2020)

He kōrero nā John Marris, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007