Story: Beetles

Cromwell chafer beetle (1st of 2)

Cromwell chafer beetle

The flightless Cromwell chafer beetle (Prodontria lewisii) is restricted to a small area near Cromwell in Central Otago. The adults live in shallow loamy sands, emerging at night during spring and summer to eat plants and lichens. Little is known about the larvae, and no pupae have ever been seen.

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John Marris, 'Beetles - Beetles and humans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007