Southern Downs BeetlesChristmas Beetle (Anoplognathus porosus) Dung Beetle (Onthophagus dandalu) Golden Stag Beetle (Lamprima aurata) Plague Soldier Beetle Punctate Flower Chafer Beetle Red-blue Banded Leaf Beetle Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle (Calomela ioptera) Small Cypress Jewel Beetle (Diadoxus erythrurus) Talaurinus fergusoni Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis maculata)

The Southern Downs region has a great diversity of insects commonly known as Beetles, that form the order Coleoptera, in the superorder Endopterygota. Their front pair of wings are hardened into wing-cases, elytra, distinguishing them from most other insects.

Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis maculata), Southern Downs QLD © Marc Newman
Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis maculata), Southern Downs QLD © Marc Newman
Small Cypress Jewel Beetle (Diadoxus erythrurus) laying eggs, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Small Cypress Jewel Beetle (Diadoxus erythrurus) laying eggs, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Water Beetle - Life in the Gnammas, Girraween QLD
Water Beetle – Life in the Gnammas, Girraween QLD © Marc Newman
Australian Weevil (Talaurinus fergusoni), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Australian Weevil (Talaurinus fergusoni), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Punctate Flower Chafer (Neorrhina punctatum), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Punctate Flower Chafer (Neorrhina punctatum), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Red-blue Banded Leaf Beetle (Paropsis obsoleta) found on Eucalypt, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Red-blue Banded Leaf Beetle (Paropsis obsoleta) found on Eucalypt, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Christmas Beetle (Anoplognathus porosus), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Christmas Beetle (Anoplognathus porosus), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder:
    • Adephaga
    • Archostemata
    • Myxophaga
    • Polyphaga
  • Family:
    • Apionidae
    • Brachyceridae
    • Buprestidae
    • Cetoniidae
    • Mordellidae

Footnote & References

  1. Marc Newman, Flickr
  2. Coleoptera, Beetles, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/5c387616-0cb4-42f0-936e-7ec22d576939
  3. Beetles (Order Coleoptera), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/47208-Coleoptera

Southern Downs BeetlesChristmas Beetle (Anoplognathus porosus) Dung Beetle (Onthophagus dandalu) Golden Stag Beetle (Lamprima aurata) Plague Soldier Beetle Punctate Flower Chafer Beetle Red-blue Banded Leaf Beetle Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle (Calomela ioptera) Small Cypress Jewel Beetle (Diadoxus erythrurus) Talaurinus fergusoni Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis maculata)

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