Carrion Beetle
Face
Ellura
Devil's Coach-horse Beetle
 
                      
Carrion Beetle (Ptomaphila lacrymosa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Large Carion Beetle (Silphidae)
Species: Carrion Beetle (Ptomaphila lacrymosa)
This Photo:     Ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~15mm body & head length, ~19mm including elytra.
A distinctive brown & black beetle with large elytra & pronotum making it look much larger than it really is. Somewhat reminiscent of a Pie Dish Beetle.
We found one dead one in Aug.

Copyright © 2017-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Aug-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.