As any good student of NZ natural history knows, 80% of these islands were covered with forests before human settlement. This of course, means lots of wood. So partly as a result, we have a lot of insects that can eat wood. One particularly speciose group are the long-horn beetles (Cerymabicidae).

The dominant characteristic of a long-horn beetle are the very long antenna.

I found this example on Waiheke Island. The nice thing about it was that it was sufficiently large, I didn’t need any magnification aids.




Unfortunately, it’s not a family I have a lot of familiarity, so I’ll have to leave it to other beetle-experts to try improving the identification.