Christmas Beetle
Ellura
Flower Chafer
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Flower Chafer (Cetoniinae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Scarab Beetle (Scarabaeidae)
Species: Flower Chafer (Cetoniinae sp)
This Photo:     Dorsal
Other name: Flower Beetle & Scarab Beetle

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
About 23mm long.
The only specimen we've seen was found dead on the ground.
Basically a black beetle, with 2 "flame" stripes above, 2 orange spots on the rear, along with 4 paler orange/yellow spots on each side of the abdomen.
The most interesting visual aspect of this beetle is it's sculptured elytra. The legs are wide and also have abnormally large appendages.

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species