Story: Insects – overview

Huhu beetle (1st of 3)

Huhu beetle

Huhu beetles are common in native and exotic forests, where their larvae feed on rotting wood. They are one of New Zealand’s larger beetles, with a body length of 5 centimetres. Adults cannot eat, and live for only two weeks. In this time they mate, and females seek out fallen logs or dead branches where they can deposit their eggs.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - In the bush', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 February 2024)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007