17 Feb 2023

Critter of the Week: The Bug of the Year!

From the collecton Critter of the Week

After three months of tireless campaigning for the title of Bug of the Year 2023, the votes are in...

Our first ever bug champion is the ngaro huruhuru, the native bee Leioproctus fulvescens! Up against stiff competition from the North Island lichen moth, the New Zealand praying mantis, the Pūriri moth and the wētāpunga, this cute, fluffy yellow pollinator is well-deserving of the crown. 

Ngaro huruhuru/Native bee

Ngaro huruhuru/Native bee Photo: Danilo Hegg / Southern Alps Photography.