Longhorn beetle project finale

Figure 1: The unidentified South African species went in the 'undetermined foreign cerambycidae drawer', along with many other fantastic specimens!

Figure 1: The unidentified South African species went in the ‘undetermined foreign cerambycidae drawer’, along with many other fantastic specimens!

So I’ve finally completed my longhorn beetle project.  All the data, including recently added locality (where the insects were collected) data has been added onto KE-EMu and the specimens have been incorporated into the collection.

Figure 2: The huhu beetles find a home amongst their bretheren!

Figure 2: The huhu beetles find a home amongst their bretheren!

The New Zealand species incorporated are called huhu beetles (Prionoplus reticularis) and are the largest native beetles found in New Zealand.  They are also sometimes eaten by Maori; the larvae said to taste a bit like buttery chicken!  I might be tempted to give them a try if I was in New Zealand as it’s been a while since I had any chicken!

Figure 3: Petrognathus gigas!

Figure 3: Petrognatha gigas!

I also incorporated this rather large giant African longhorn beetle into the collection (the one on the left anyway); whilst the one on the right, with large antennae displayed, is going to form part of the handling collection for the new Nature’s Library gallery.  It lives on dead accacia tree bark and the antennae resemble twigs to hopefully keep it hidden from potential predators.

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