29 Nov 2019

Critter of the Week: Huhu beetle / huhu grub

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:33 pm on 29 November 2019

Adult huhu beetles cannot eat, only live for 2 weeks and in Hamilton a cat ate one and was dead the next day.

They’re not great at coordinated movement and if you disturb a huhu beetle in the daytime, it’s very reluctant to take flight, and in the evening it takes up to thirty minutes to get properly airborne, with a lot of stumbling walks and bumbling flights and crash-landings as it warms up.

Huhu beetle + huhu grub

Huhu beetle + huhu grub Photo: Left: John Marris , CC BY-SA 4.0 ; Right DOC

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