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Cicada (Clay bank cicada) Notopsalta sericea

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Cicadidae
Genus: Notopsalta
Species: N. sericea
Binominal name: Notopsalta sericea
Common name: Clay bank cicada

Notopsalta sericea is a fairly common cicada found in New Zealand on the Three Kings Islands and in the North Island. It is also found in southeast Australia.
Its body length is less than 19mm. It habitat is lowland areas, mostly coastal; mainly on cliffs, clay banks, dunes, and roadsides; on bare ground surfaces, trees, scrub, and grass; also on the walls of buildings.