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Unidentified oil beetle at Moruya, NSW

Meloidae sp. (family) at Moruya, NSW - 9 Nov 2017

Identification history

Beetle Meloidae sp. (family) 20 Nov 2017 KimPullen
Unidentified 11 Nov 2017 MaxCampbellUltra Reporter - MaxCampbell has reported over 500 sightings!

3 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
This is an oil beetle (Meloidae). I'll try to get a name for it.
   20 Nov 2017
Hi Kim, I had a look at Meloidae in "Beetles of Australia" by George Hangay and Paul Zborowski. They have a photo (pg 184) of "A flower visiting species of the genus Zonitis" which looks a good match. They say that "more than likely it is a pollen and nectar eater, and is quite common around Sydney."
KimPullen wrote:
   21 Nov 2017
Yes that looks like the same species. But Federica Turco, a CSIRO taxonomist has told me that the genus Zonitis doesn't really occur in Australia, and that the species referred to it should go in other genera. She's working on the group now.

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Location information

  • Coordinates 150.102889-35.874195
  • Locations Moruya, NSW

Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Local Native

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
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