3 Jan 2017

Weevil Sex

From Summer Times, 11:06 am on 3 January 2017

The sex life of one of New Zealand's strangest native species is going under the microscope in a new summer-long study. University of Auckland student Madeleine Thom is exploring the post-mating behaviour of the New Zealand giraffe weevil. Her study focuses on 50 females and 50 males gathered from West Auckland's Matuku Reserve and taken to mesh enclosures at a university lab. Thom has moved them to her own backyard in Albany so she can continue her work during the summer.