As its name suggests, this bright green little beetle, Pyronota festiva, about 10mm long, feeds on manuka, which contains a strong oil, so it must be tough! It is a member of the Scarab family of beetles, and its larger relative, the green cockchafer, can be heard buzzing around wildly on summer evenings.
Their habitat ranges from the water to soil, forest litter, timber, flowers, fruit, strored foods, skins and furs, clothing and cloths, in decaying animal and vegetable materials, and on animals. In general, the family is recognisable by the presence of hard wing-cases. All beetles go through the usual four stages (egg, larva, pupa, and adult) of the typical insect transformation or metamorphosis.