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 Reddish-brown Flower Beetle (Aphanestes gymnopleura) Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle (Calomela ioptera) Small Cypress Jewel Beetle (Diadoxus erythrurus) Talaurinus fergusoni Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis maculata)

The Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris) are often found in large numbers, on trees and other garden plants. Whilst seeing them in large numbers may be distressing for some gardens, the plants do not suffer much.

Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetles (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Plague Soldier Beetles (Chauliognathus lugubris), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Superfamily: Elateroidea
  • Family: Cantharidae
  • Subfamily: Chauliognathinae
  • Genus: Chauliognathus
  • Species: Chauliognathus lugubris

Footnote & References

  1. Marc Newman, Flickr
  2. Chauliognathus lugubris (Fabricius, 1801), Plague Soldier Beetle, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/fa17cd65-6b16-420f-9d8d-27947edc9b91
  3. Plague Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus lugubris), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/123051-Chauliognathus-lugubris
  4. Plague Soldier Beetle, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/insects/plague-soldier-beetle/

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 Reddish-brown Flower Beetle (Aphanestes gymnopleura) Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle (Calomela ioptera) Small Cypress Jewel Beetle (Diadoxus erythrurus) Talaurinus fergusoni Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis maculata)

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