Kihikihi cicadas and their sounds
Aotearoa New Zealand has 34 species of cicadas. Five of these species are then further divided into several subspecies, to give 42 unique species and subspecies of New Zealand cicada.
Aotearoa New Zealand has such a large number of cicadas for its size partly due to the mountain ranges acting as natural barriers between populations which has led to the divergence of lots of different species.
Sir Charles Fleming’s cicadas to soon sing again
These audio tapes were recorded by Sir Charles Fleming in his pioneering study of our country’s cicadas in the 1960s and 70s. Finlay Dempster, one of our natural history interns, explains the significance of these audio tapes and the man who made them.
Read about Sir Charles Fleming and his collections
Charles Alexander Fleming KBE FRS FRSNZ (1916–1987) was a geologist, biologist, and environmentalist, who investigated New Zealand’s unique wildlife throughout his career. His collection includes over 2000 different specimens and many of them can be seen on Collections Online.