Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Summer Scarabs

Harbingers of summer. Every night during the year there is a scarab beetle of some sort at the lights but in the rainy season (summer) the most colourful ones appear. Even though I have reported on these before, it is nice to see them again.
 Anoplognathus sp
Christmas Beetles (members of the genus Anoplognathus) occur all over Australia in summer. They can be common at times and you can often see windrows of them in car parks or in brightly lit shopping centres. Most species are Anoplognathus.
 Anoplgnathus punctulatus-the most common species in the rainforest
 Anoplognathus smaragdina (rare blue morph)
I have reported on these beetles several times. Merely use the "Search" function and insert the genus name and you see them all.
                                                  Anoplognathus smaragdina (reddish morph)
 Anoploganthus aureus (Australian Gold Beetle)- a real gem
Calloodes grayianus (Gray's Christmas Beetle)
Larger than most Anoplognathus and seemingly less common

1 comment:

Judith Gray said...

Thankyou for this post! I love Beetles and have seen the green one shown here when visiting Townsville some years ago, we only seem to get the regular gold ones in SEQ. great collection of info.