|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Scarab Beetle (Scarabaeidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Red Chafer (Melolonthinae sp ES07)|
|This Photo:||🔍S3, anterior🔎|
|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
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".
We photographed 5 specimens in Apr, Oct, Nov & Dec.