Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Countdown ...13... Christmas Beetle

Christmas Countdown ... 13.... 
Christmas beetle is the common name for an Australian beetle Anonplognathus. They are known as Christmas beetles because they are abundant in both urban and rural areas close to Christmas  Christmas beetles are large (20-30 mm long) members of the scarab family that are noisy and clumsy fliers. They are easily spotted in the sunshine because of their iridescent colours. It's not all good news about Christmas beetles, as some of the species have been implicated in dieback of Australian eucalypt trees. 

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