Red Scarab Beetle
Flower Chafer
Male: dorsal
Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Scarab Beetle (Scarabaeidae)
Species: Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)
This Photo:     Female: dorsal
Other names: Flower Beetle or Scarab Beetle

Thank you Mark Hura for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
About 23mm long.
The only specimen we've seen was found dead on the ground.
Basically a black beetle, with 2 "flame" stripes above, 2 orange spots on the rear, along with 4 paler orange/yellow spots on each side of the abdomen.
The most interesting visual aspect of this beetle is it's sculptured elytra. The legs are wide and also have abnormally large appendages.
We have found 3 specimens (2 dead) in Mar & Apr.

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.