Red Chafer
S3, profile
Red Chafer
S3, Antennae
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, 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
~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".
We photographed 5 specimens in Apr, Oct, Nov & Dec.

Copyright © 2018-2023 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.