Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Spotted lax beetle

Parisopalpus nigronotatus (Boheman)

Order: Coleoptera
Family: Oedemeridae

Size range

  • About 12–15 mm long


  • Australian. Found in New Zealand, Nelson and north

Life History

  • Adults eat nectar and pollen
  • Attracted to lights
  • Grubs in rotting wood
  • Toxic chemical defences
  • Beetles can cause skin inflammation

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