Story: Beetles

Ground beetle (2nd of 3)

Ground beetle

Beetles belonging to the family Carabidae are known as carabids or ground beetles. They are an adaptable group found throughout the world, and probably number 25,000 to 50,000 species. New Zealand has 445 species, 409 of which are found nowhere else.

This specimen was collected by John Nunn.

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John Marris, 'Beetles - New Zealand’s beetles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007