Story: Native plants and animals – overview

Stilbocarpa weevil, Snares Island

Stilbocarpa weevil, Snares Island

Weevils are beetles with snouts known as rostrums. This stilbocarpa weevil (Hadramphus stilbocarpae) feeds on the fleshy herb stilbocarpa. Also known as the knobbled weevil, it is found on islands around Fiordland and Foveaux Strait. Like other flightless New Zealand insects it is very prone to attack by rats. Many New Zealand insect species are now confined to predator-free islands.

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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Unusual characteristics of animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007