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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
University of Otago, Virus Research Unit, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Photograph by Simon Clearwater
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