Flower Chafer
Male: Middle Leg
Ellura
Sandy Dung Beetle
Dorsal, ~9mm
 
    
Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Scarab Beetle (Scarabaeidae)
Species: Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)
This Photo:     Male: ventral
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.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Mar-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.