Tube Spittlebug
Rough, Straighter Tube
Coastal Area
Cicada
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Cicada (Cicadidae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Cicada (Cicadidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Cicada (Cicadidae sp)
This Photo:     🔍Dorsal🔎

General Species Information:
Seen in Coastal Areas
~22mm long.
Notice it's hairy eyes, like a line right through the middle of the back third.
This is a nymph and was crawling up our Daughter-in-law's leg. We assume it just dug it's way out of the lawn.
They can live underground for up to 7 years, climb up a tree, shed their skin for the last time and emerge as adults. They then mate , with females laying eggs, and they die within ~2 weeks.
We most likely won't ever find out what species this is, but it's so rare to find a live nymph we thought it worth posting anyway. If we had put it on some wood in a container, it probably would have shed and we'd be able to determine species. Next time, if we ever find one again.

Copyright © 2022-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Dec-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.