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New Zealand giraffe beetle (Lasiorynchus barbicornis or Lasiorhyncus barbicornis)

The New Zealand giraffe beetle (Lasiorynchus barbicornis or sometimes referred to as Lasiorhyncus barbicornis) is a straight-snouted weevil of the family Brentidae, endemic to New Zealand. Its Māori name, tuwhaipapa, derives from the Māori god of newly made canoes. The male is the largest weeveil species. It is up to 85mm long and has a long protrusion on the head with antennae at the end. The female is up to 45mm long and has a reduced protrusion with antennae about halfway along. She uses her smaller, thicker proboscis to drill through the dried wood of Karaka, Houhere, and Pigeonwood where she lays her eggs. After these hatch, the larvae drill further into the wood. The beetle spends most of its life in larval form. The adult usually lives for two weeks, while it eats and breeds.


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