Red Chafer
S1, profile
Red Chafer
S3, anterior
Red Chafer (Melolonthinae sp ES07)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Scarab Beetle (Scarabaeidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Red Chafer (Melolonthinae sp ES07)
This Photo:     🔍S3, profile🔎
Other name: June Beetle

Thank you Mark Hura for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~17mm long.
Very similar to the Brown Chafer. These have different head plate; being wider at the very tip.
Notice the 4 large antenna blades, most likely used for pheromone detection.
We thought these might be Heteronyxsp. Mark said "Simple tarsal claws separate this from Heteronycini tribe. Most likely Colpochila sp".

Copyright © 2018-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Nov-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.