Kōrero: Insects – overview

Grass grub

Grass grub

The larvae of native chafer beetles are commonly known as grass grubs. They live underground, feeding on plant roots, especially grasses and clovers. In late summer and during winter they move up to the surface, and can cause so much damage to root systems that patches of grass die off. When dug up, they are usually found in this curled pose.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Soil Bugs – An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates
Photograph by Alastair Robertson and Maria Minor

© Massey University

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Seasonal activity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10069/grass-grub (accessed 2 July 2022)

He kōrero nā George Gibbs, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007