Honey Brown Beetle
Male, dorsal, ~13mm
Ellura
Enclosed Head Pie-dish Beetle
Ventral
 
    
Enclosed Head Pie-dish Beetle (Helea sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)
Species: Enclosed Head Pie-dish Beetle (Helea sp ES1)
This Photo:     Dorsal
Synonym: Helaeus

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
Notice the single ridge running from from to the back of the elytra on this specimen. Also a small horn on the prothorax between the head & elytra.
When threatened they tilt their whole body up on side to present the shell to the threat (protecting their undersides). They are able to move their head inside the shell like a tortoise, so can close the hole off with nearly no eyes showing, or have half the eye poking through.
While we didn't measure this specimen, another we found in 2016 was 27mm total length.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Aug-2013
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.