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

The genus Lepidiota are a largish cylindrical beetle, with a body length of the different species varying between 15-38 mm. The body colouration of this genus are black, brown, dark brown or reddish brown, with the surface of the body commonly covered in white or yellowish scales, sometimes sparsely, or sometimes wholly contained within punctations.

Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT

There are over a 150 known species of Lepidiota that are found across India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Phillipines, and southwards into Papua New Guinea and northern Australia, with 55 Lepidiota species present in Australia.

Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Lepidiota Beetle (family Scarabaeidae), Alice Springs NT

More photographs of this individual beetle under Alice Springs Fauna > Alice Springs Insects > Alice Springs Beetles > Lepidiota


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Subfamily: Scarabaeoidea
  • Family: Scarabaeidae
  • Subfamily: Melolonthinae
  • Tribe: Melolonthini
  • Genus: Lepidiota
  • Species:
    • Lepidiota ciliata Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota clareae Allsopp, 1999 
    • Lepidiota clypealis Moser, 1913 
    • Lepidiota comes Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota condita Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota consobrina Girault, 1918 
    • Lepidiota contigua Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota degener Blackburn, 1888 
    • Lepidiota delicatula Blackburn, 1888 
    • Lepidiota draconis Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota flavipennis Lea, 1926 
    • Lepidiota frenchi Blackburn, 1912 
    • Lepidiota gibbifrons Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota gilesi Blackburn, 1912 
    • Lepidiota grata Blackburn, 1890 
    • Lepidiota grisea Britton, 1959 
    • Lepidiota hilli Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota laciniata Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota laevis Arrow, 1932 
    • Lepidiota lepidosterna Lea, 1926 
    • Lepidiota lewisae Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota minuta Moser, 1913 
    • Lepidiota negatoria Blackburn, 1912 
    • Lepidiota noxia Britton, 1985 
    • Lepidiota oblonga Brenske, 1900 
    • Lepidiota oryx Britton, 1959 
    • Lepidiota perkinsi Blackburn, 1912 
    • Lepidiota podicalis Moser, 1913 
    • Lepidiota quinaria Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota rothei Blackburn, 1888 
    • Lepidiota rubrior Blackburn, 1912 
    • Lepidiota rufa Blackburn, 1888 
    • Lepidiota salax Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota sororia Moser, 1913 
    • Lepidiota sparsa Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota squamulata Waterhouse, 1875 
    • Lepidiota sticta Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota townsvillensis Blackburn, 1912 
    • Lepidiota trihomines Allsopp, 1990 
    • Lepidiota uptoni Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota verna Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota weiri Britton, 1978 
    • Lepidiota yorkensis Britton, 1978 

Source: Atlas of Living Australia2


Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Allen Sundholm, creator of Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639/
  2. Lepidiota Kirby, 1828, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/64a42ec2-a25a-4ccc-80fe-88150585507e
  3. Genus Lepidiota, iNatualistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/326866-Lepidiota
  4. Lepidiota Kirby 1828, An Early Screening Tool for Exotic Scarab Pests to Australia, Government of Western Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, https://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/exotic_scarab_pests/key/lucid_key_to_scarabs/Media/Html/entities/lepidiota.htm

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

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