Kōrero: Insects – overview

Wing-clapping cicada

The largest cicadas in New Zealand, Amphipsalta, are descended from Australian ancestors. Males produce loud sounds by contracting and relaxing a pair of membranes on their abdomen. These cicadas also sing by clapping their wings against the ground or a branch. Listen to the song of one of New Zealand’s cicadas.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Cicadas – Dr Charles Fleming/Reference number T837)

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Photograph by George Gibbs

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Long-distance travellers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/natural-sounds/10064/wing-clapping-cicada (accessed 4 July 2022)

He kōrero nā George Gibbs, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007