Story: Beetles

Larva for lunch

Larva for lunch

This tuatara is eating a beetle larva. Larvae often have no real defences, and many remain hidden underground or in rotting wood until they are adults. Most of New Zealand’s beetles can fly, and this means that adults can escape if cornered by a predator.

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Photograph by John Marris

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John Marris, 'Beetles - Diet and behaviour', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007