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Unidentified scarab beetle at Kameruka, NSW

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SCARABAEIDAE at Kameruka, NSW - 26 Sep 2020
SCARABAEIDAE at Kameruka, NSW - 26 Sep 2020

Identification history

SCARABAEIDAE 26 Sep 2020 KimPullen
SCARABAEIDAE 26 Sep 2020 KimPullen
Unidentified 26 Sep 2020 LisaWhite

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Author's notes

Found burrowed in a cow pat & surrounding soil. Approx 10mm long. Hoping they’re a friend as we have some land under a conservation agreement.

5 comments

   26 Sep 2020
Hi Lisa, I'd guess they are some sort of scarab beetle larvae, and most likely native, but I'll leave it to an insect person to verify that. Jackie
LisaWhite wrote:
   26 Sep 2020
Iv’e left them where I found them, but I just can’t help trying to find out what they are!
KimPullen wrote:
   26 Sep 2020
This may be the 'Blackheaded pasture cockchafer', Acrossidius tasmaniae, which is a native pasture pest. Confirmation would require close examination of specimens.
LisaWhite wrote:
   26 Sep 2020
Thanks, very much, Kim. Now that it’s been confirmed, do you have any advice re leaving them or giving the chooks a feed? Are they a fried or a foe to a conservation area?
KimPullen wrote:
   17 Oct 2020
Lisa, they are not a serious foe, so I would leave them. If they are indeed a native species, then they are part of the landscape and environment. Any damage they cause will be minor.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 26 Sep 2020 Recorded on
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