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An abundant species of almost every low altitude environment in NZ, especially those which have been modified. This species is shared with Tasmania and is apparently identical to the world wide species formerly known as Lamyctes fulvicornis. As the NZ-Tasmanian name was the one first used for the species it takes priority. It was recorded in Europe in the 1840-50's and in the Americas soon after. It is now worldwide, at least in temperate and cool-temperate climates. In most parts of the world it is entirely parthenogenetic. Males have been found in a few isolated natural sites in NZ but not usually in areas associated with humans. Males have been reported from the Azores where the NZ flax, Phormium tenax, was introduced and is now rampant.
Text updated: 27/07/2014