Orange-footed Black Beetle
Ventral
Ellura
Egyptian Beetle
S3, dorsal
 
                      
Egyptian Beetle (Blaps polychresta)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Egyptian Beetle (Blaps polychresta)
This Photo:     S1, dorsal
Other name: Giant Darkling Beetle

Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin & Mark Hura for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), Coastal Areas and elsewhere
Large black beetle, approximately 35mm (40mm including elytra extension) long, with a projection out the rear end of the elytra.
We photographed 3 specimens in Feb & Mar.

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This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)