Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

February 24, 2011

Amphipsalta Zelandica (Cicada)

Filed under: Insects — paul @ 6:42 am
The Cicada

The Cicada

At this time of year the bush resounds with a cacophony of cicadas. The first of these insects can be heard from December, but only sporadically. By February/March their numbers are up to full strength, and many an outdoor television interview finds it hard to compete against this backdrop.

The nymphal stages of the cicada live underground for up to five years. When they leave the ground, they climb a short distance up any tree, shed the old skin and emerge as winged insects.