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Cicada (Kikihia balena)

Kingdom:Animalia 
Phylum:Arthropoda 
Class:Insecta 
Order:Hemiptera 
Suborder:Auchenorrhyncha 
Infraorder:Cicadomorpha 
Superfamily:Cicadoidea 
Family:Cicadidae
Genus: Kikihia 
Species: Kikihia balena

The sound of the Kikihia balena (Thanks to the Cicada Central)

The adult male cicada possesses two ribbed membranes called tymbals, one on each side of its first abdominal segment. By contracting the tymbal muscle, the cicada buckles the membrane inward, producing a loud click. As the membrane snaps back, it clicks again. The two tymbals click alternately. Air sacs in the hollow abdominal cavity amplify the clicking sounds. The vibration travels through the body to the tympani, which amplify the sound further.

Photos below of a female Kikihia balena  found in New Plymouth December.