Story: Beetles

Rove beetle (3rd of 3)

Rove beetle

There are more than 1,020 species of rove beetle in New Zealand. They occur in a range of habitats, including beaches, but most are found in forest litter or under tree bark. They have long flexible bodies and eat carrion or other insects.

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 1 December 2021)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007