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Mānuka beetle

Mānuka beetle

This bright-green beetle is usually found on mānuka shrubs or pasture recently developed from tussock, shrubs or forest – but not usually where grass grubs are present. Unlike grass grub beetles, mānuka beetles fly during the day. Larvae feed on pasture plant roots just below the litter layer.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Endemic pests of pasture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17960/manuka-beetle (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008