Story: Beetles

Pintail beetle

Pintail beetle

This pintail beetle (Mordella detracta) is one of seven species of the family Mordellidae found in New Zealand. Adults have a hunched back, a small head, and pin-shaped rear. They are commonly seen in summer feeding on flowers.

This specimen was collected by John Nunn.

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University of Otago, Virus Research Unit, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Photograph by Simon Clearwater

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John Marris, 'Beetles - Habitats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007