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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Photograph by Peter E. Smith
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