ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Johannica gemellata (Pandorea Leaf Beetle) Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Lycidae Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Phorticosomus sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

There is estimated to be at least 350,000 species of beetles around the world, with at least 30,000 known species of beetles in Australia, with many more yet to be identified.

The sheer diversity and beauty of beetles, make them a popular insect to study, with a growing number of fans both young and old, including home gardeners and citizen scientists, adding to the body of images seeking identification of the beetle in their photographs.

With a number of publications, apps and online tools to aid in ID of the beetle, sometime it may only get identified down to the genus or suborder.

Beetles belong to the order Coleoptera, which means ‘sheath wings’. Like almost all insects, beetles have 3 body parts: a head, thorax and abdomen. It is their front pair of wings, hardened into wing-cases, known as elytra, distinguishing them from most other insects.

An elytron is from Ancient Greek meaning ‘sheath, cover’; the plural is elytra, is used to describe a modified, hardened forewing of beetles (Coleoptera),

Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera femorata), Southern Fleurieu Peninsula SA © Nomes Naomi Betts
Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera femorata), Southern Fleurieu Peninsula SA © Nomes Naomi Betts
Golden Stag Beetle (Lamprima aurata), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Golden Stag Beetle (Lamprima aurata), Ballandean 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
Castiarina crenata, Belair SA © Marianne Broug
Castiarina crenata, Belair SA © Marianne Broug
Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis), Stony Range Regional BG, Dee Why NSW
Amarygmus sp, Minnamurra Beach NSW © Greg McCroary
Amarygmus sp, Minnamurra Beach NSW © Greg McCroary
Australoneda bourgeoisi, Maleny QLD © Iskander Kaliananda
Australoneda bourgeoisi, Maleny QLD © Iskander Kaliananda
Austral Ellipsidion (Ellipsidion australe), Adelaide Hills SA © Marianne Broug
Austral Ellipsidion (Ellipsidion australe), Adelaide Hills SA © Marianne Broug
Anoplognathus chloropyrus, Stanthorpe QLD © Michael Jefferies
Anoplognathus chloropyrus, Stanthorpe QLD © Michael Jefferies
Castiarina livida on on Ozothamnus obcordatus, Amiens QLD © Marc Newman
Castiarina livida on on Ozothamnus obcordatus, Amiens QLD © Marc Newman
Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle (Calomela ioptera), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Silver Wattle Leaf Beetle (Calomela ioptera), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Stigmodera macularia, Girraween QLD © Michael Jefferies
Stigmodera macularia, Girraween QLD © Michael Jefferies
Castiarina rufipennis, Elliott QLD © Tony Eales
Castiarina rufipennis, Elliott QLD © Tony Eales

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

Footnote & References

  1. Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639
  2. Chrysomelidae, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/cbca50ba-be34-42b6-adfa-0a2941c94ef9
  3. Beetles: Order Coleoptera, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/insects/beetles-order-coleoptera/
  4. Common and unusual identifications – Beetles, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/species-identification/ask-an-expert/common-identifications-beetles/
  5. Beetle morphology, Text © Christoph Benisch, 2007, Beetle Fauna of Germany, kerbtier.de, https://www.kerbtier.de/Pages/Themenseiten/enKoerperbau.html

ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Johannica gemellata (Pandorea Leaf Beetle) Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Lycidae Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Phorticosomus sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

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