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In 1952 Dr. R. A. Cumber published the only account of the nymphal life history of a New Zealand cicada, based on studies a t the Phormium Research Laboratory a t Paiaka in the Manawatu district of the common grass cicada Cicadetta muta (Fabr.), for which, following Myers (1921), he used the name Melampsalta cruentata (Fabr.). As well as determining the number and duration of nymphal stages, Cumber investigated the variation in size of a sample of 143 males and 74 females collected during onedoi:10.1080/00779962.1970.9723071 fatcat:jfofiyxemfg37dusnvxa67epqe