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Kerewai (Manuka Beetle)

Pyronota festiva

Description:

This little beetle, feeds on manuka trees, and it "landed" on a white T-shirt hanging in my clothess line. It didn't seem to be in trouble, so I left itwhere he was, and few minutes later, flew away. The Maori called it kerewai or reporepowai from its habit of getting stuck in muddy stream banks (repo = mud, wai = water). It's a member of the Scarab family of beetles, endemic to NZ.

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Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Nov 22, 2012
Submitted on Nov 24, 2012

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