When I first glimpsed a large object in the dogs’ water bowl I assumed it was a leaf. I was wrong. A closer look showed it to be an approximately 4 or 5 centimetre (1.5 to 2 inches) long Huhu Beetle, or Tunga Rere.
Click the thumbnails for larger images. I made the larger version around 1500 pixels to really show off details of the Huhu Beetle.
My reference books tell me that this one is probably female, as the males are a bit smaller, and that Huhu Beetles occur all over New Zealand. Notice the particularly long antennae.
Apparently, too the adult does not eat and lives only about 2 weeks.
I’ve never noticed a Huhu Beetle before, though probably since I don’t really care for insects much I would have just avoided them.
After I rescued this one from the water bowl it hung around for a bit before crawling away to a shady place.
I took these shots with a Canon EOS 400D DSLR (Digital Rebel XTi), with the standard 18–55 kit lens.