Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

January 6, 2011

Self Portrait with Huhu Bug

Filed under: Animals,Reflections,Titirangi — Tags: — paul @ 7:25 am
Huhu Bug (Prionoplus reticularis)

Huhu Bug (Prionoplus reticularis)

The Huhu Bug (Prionoplus reticularis) is the largest native beetle in NZ, reaching up to 5cm from nose to tail. I read that the adults live only about a fortnight, and do not eat – although my acquaintance with this specimen lasted only a few minutes, hence cannot confirm this. However, I found the fellow quite a capable flyer as it took off from my desk to land on the window, and later when I released it into the wild. Lovely pattern on the wing covers.

The larvae (huhu grubs) of this beetle live in decaying wood and are considered a delicacy, raw or cooked. You have to visit the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival for that. I have no personal experience of these meals, but this picture on Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand should convince you.

“Self” is a bit obliterated by the afternoon sun and reflections – keeping you focused on the main subject.


  1. Insects are so fascinating. Lovely photo.

    Comment by joan — January 6, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  2. Good lord! That’s a huge beetle! (with a funny name. :))

    Comment by London Caller — January 7, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

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