Story: Beetles



Weed researcher Hugh Gourlay holds up a healthy ragwort – a weed in New Zealand – and one whose roots have been eaten by larvae of the ragwort flea beetle (Longitarsus jacobaeae). The beetle was introduced in 1983 to control the weed, which has been reduced in the drier parts of New Zealand.

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

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007