Red Scarab Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Scarab Beetle (Scarabaeidae)|
|Species:||Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)|
|This Photo:||Female: dorsal|
|Other name:||Flower Beetle & Scarab Beetle|
Thank you Mark Hura for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
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.
We have found 3 specimens (2 dead) in Mar & Apr.