Beetles

Order: Coleoptera

An extremely large order, with 117 families and just under 25,000 species described in Australia. Extremely variable in size (0.4 to 80mm) and colour, but usually typified by modified, hardened forewings (elytra), designed to cover and protect the membranous hindwings, which are folded underneath when at rest. Elytra form a straight midline down the body when at rest and are not used in flight, instead being held away from the beating hindwings. In some species the forewings are reduced and some species are wingless. All stages of development have chewing (mandibulate) mouthparts. Sexual dimorphism apparent in many species, and extreme variations in shapes of body parts not uncommon.

Christmas Beetle

Christmas Beetle

What does it look like?  Several species in the genus Anoplognathus  are known as Christmas beetles. All are similar in appearance, being metallic orange-brown to pale gold in colour, with variable dark spotting, some with greenish tinges. Larva pale and soft-bodied with darker sclerotized head. Where does it live?    Eastern Australia. What are its habitats and habits? &n...
Fungus-eating Ladybird

Fungus-eating Ladybird

What does it look like? Adults are bright yellow with broad jagged black bands across elytra and black midline. Fungus-eating Ladybird larvae have six legs, first segment of elongated body yellow, remainder grey, each segment conspicuously marked with black dots. Where does it live? Found in eastern Australia and introduced into NZ. What are its habitats and habits? The Fungus-eating La...
Mottled Flower Scarab

Mottled Flower Scarab

W hat does it look like?   The Mottled Flower Scarab is a s mall, usually shiny dark-coloured rounded beetle, with broad shovel-like head and pronotum, small fan-like antennae, may have hairs on underside of body. Some species with horns on head and pronotum in males. Larva pale and soft-bodied with dark sclerotized head. Where does it live? ...
Pie-dish Beetle

Pie-dish Beetle

What does it look like? The Pie-dish Beetle is black, oval shaped, with longitudinal ridges down centre of elytra, margins of body flattened to form a pie-dish shape. Larva yellow-brown elongated grub. Where does it live? Southern Australia. What are its habitats and habits? The Pie-dish Beetle typically occurs in dry forest and arid habitats. It shelters during the day and emerges...
Steelblue Ladybird

Steelblue Ladybird

W hat does it look like?  Adult head, prothorax and elytra shiny dark metallic bluish to greenish, with front of the head and front corners of prothorax yellowish brown in males. Head small with compound eyes and short antennae. Steelblue Ladybird larvae are elongated, pale grey with long dark fleshy extensions and long hair-like seta at the tip. Where does it live?  Widely ...
Transverse Ladybird

Transverse Ladybird

What does it look like? The Transverse Ladybird adult is red or orange and black. Elytra dome shaped with black elongated patches evenly distributed. Larvae greyish-brown with darker markings, pale or dark soft spikes on edges of each body segment, and six legs. Body tapering at both end (fusiform). Where does it live? The Transverse Ladybird is Australia’s most common ladybird beetle; f...
Wattle Pig

Wattle Pig

What does it look like? The adult Wattle Pig beetle is light grey-brown to dark brown in colour, pronotum and elytra with bumpy protrusions arranged in longitudinal ridges. Snout characteristically elongated, relatively thick, with clubbed tip; elbowed antennae, dark eyes moderately large. Larvae legless. Where does it live? Australia-wide. What are its habitats and habits?...