Story: Cicadas

Cicada nymph

Cicada nymph

After it hatches, a cicada’s first years are spent as a nymph. With claw-like forelegs they burrow deep into the ground, where they stay for several years, shedding their skin about five times as they grow. Depending on the species, the nymph stage of New Zealand cicadas can last three years and perhaps longer.

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John Marris, 'Cicadas - Life cycle and enemies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007