BLACK BEETLE THREAT
The South African black beetle, which arrived early last century, is causing increasing damage to northern North Island pastures. A string of very dry summers and autumns over the last three years has contributed to higher black beetle numbers especially on lighter soil types such as ash and peat. As many as 95 black beetles a square metre have been seen. Thirty or more is typical, but any more than 20 is a concern.
FARM DESTROYER: The Black Beetle is bringing dairy farmers to their knees.