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Identify a New Zealand insect ? Answered

On my recent holiday in New Zealand we stayed in Marlborough, South Island. I noticed a large number of these insect shells on the trees. Obviously a cast outer body as the insect grows but i wondered what insect it was.

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Marbie25

Best Answer 4 years ago

Yep, it's a cicada. A nymph to be more specific! You can tell it's a nymph by the body's shape, absence of wings, and the size of the front legs/claws. The nymph skin/shell gets left behind and out pops the adult stage with wings and 6 similar wings among other changes.

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rickharrisMarbie25

Answer 4 years ago

Ah there were a lot of Cicada about but I was fooled by the lack of wings.

Thanks

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

A fun fact is that these insects are considered to be the loudest insects to be found.

Reaching a noise level of over 100db coming from their holes in the ground.

My garden beds and backyard are overun by these critters, which also explains why most of my plants suffer - they eat the roots...

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bravoechonovember1

4 years ago

it is a cicada that is the exoskeleton that it sheds to get bigger