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CARABIDAE
Ground Beetles

STAPHYLINIDAE
Rove Beetles 

LUCANIDAE
Golden Stag Beetle
SCARABAEIDAE
Scarab Beetles

BUPRESTIDAE
Variable Jewel Beetle
CastiarinaJewel Beetle
Variegate Jewel Beetle
DysenteryPlant Jewel Beetle
DarkBlue BanksiaJewel Beetle 
Circle-dottedJewel Beetle
Marble Jewel Beetle
Pea Flower Jewel Beetle 

EUCNEMIDAE
False Click Beetles
ELATERIDAE
Click Beetles 
LYCIDAE
Long-noseLycid Beetle
Red Shoulder Lycid Beetle
Large Eyes Lycid Beetle
Small Bi-colour Beetle 
CANTHARIDAE
Plague Soldier Beetle
Tricolor Soldier Beetle
Yellow Soldier Beetle
Red-tippedSoldier Beetle 

ANOBIIDAE
Spider Beetle 

CLERIDAE
Clerid Beetles
MELYRIDAE
Red and Blue Beetle
RedSoft-winged Beetle
YellowSoft-winged Beetle

NITIDULIDAE
Sap Beetles
LANGURIIDAE
Lizard Beetles

COCCINELLIDAE 
Ladybird Beetles 

MORDELLIDAE
Pintail Beetles
RHIPIPHORIDAE
Wedge-shaped Beetles TENEBRIONIDAE
Brown Darkling Beetle
Black Darkling Beetle
ChalcopterusBeetleII
ChalcopterusBeetleIII
Pie-dish Beetle
OEDEMERIDAE
Lycid-mimicPollen Beetle
Black Pollen Beetle
Striped Pollen Beetle
MELOIDAE
Blister Beetles  
 

CERAMBYCIDAE
Longicorn Beetles
CHRYSOMELIDAE 
Leaf Beetles  

BELIDAE
Belid Weevils
CURCULIONIDAE
True Weevil

Other Beetle Families 

                                               

Darkling Beetles - FAMILY TENEBRIONIDAE

This page contains information and pictures about Darkling Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
 
Beetles in this family are usually black or brown in colour, highly variable in shape, with concealed antennal insertions. Their antenna are medium length, stout, either moniliform (antenna in which the antennomeres are about as long as wide and more or less bead-like) or incrassate (antenna in which the antennomeres gradually increase in width towards the apex ). 
 
Adults feed on variety of dead materials of plants, lichens or fungal. Many occur under rocks and in leaf litter.
 
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Larvae live in rotten woods, in soil or scavenging on ground at night. .

Subfamily Lagriinae

Brown Darkling Beetle, Honeybrown Beetle
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Ecnolagria grandis, Lagriini, body length 20mm 
We found a lot of those beetles hiding in a tree at Mt Nebo Outlook during mid summer. In the small area at Mt Nebo Outlook, we saw a few hundreds of them hiding. More pictures and information can be found in this page.
 
 
Black Darkling Beetle
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Ecnolagria sp., Lagriini, body length 15mm  
This beetle was found alone on a vine in Yugarapul Park during mid summer. It flied away after we took those pictures. Please also check this page.
 

Subfamily Tenebrioninae

Chalcopterus Beetle I
Chalcopteroides sp., Amarygmini, body length 20mm
This beetle is black in colour. It is shiny in metallic green or red depend on the angle you look at it. We took this picture in a forest near Wivenhoe Lake in late summer 2002. The beetle was resting on a gum tree trunk. Here we like to thank Mr. Justin Bartlett in Brisbane. Justin sent us email to identify this beetle. Justin also advised that there are many similar looking species in this genus that are commonly found on, and under bark of Eucalyptus. They are all black with an iridescent sheen.
Reference:
1. Chalcopteroides brevipes (Blackburn) - Australian Insect Common Names, AICN version 1.53, CSIRO 2005. 
2. Chalcopteroides Strand, 1935 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2007.  
 
 
Chalcopterus Beetle II
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Chalcopteroides sp., Amarygmini, body length 20mm
Pictures were taken next to Bulimba Creek in Sunnybank just before Christmas Dec 2007. There are many similar looking species in this Chalcopteroides genus that are commonly found on, and under bark of Eucalyptus. They are all black with an iridescent sheen. One distinct feature of this genus is its head held vertically against its body. Please check this page for more information.
 
 
Chalcopterus Beetle III
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Chalcopteroides sp., Amarygmini, body length 20mm
Found under bark of Eucalyptus during early summer and mid summer in Karawatha Park. They like to hide on a smooth gum tree trunk under loose barks. Please check this page for more pictures and information.
 
 
Pie-dish Beetle
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Pterohelaeus sp. (P. walkeri,  P. cornutus or P. piceus), Heleini, body length 20mm
This beetle was found walking on ground in our front yard during the day on March 2008. We took it inside our house and took some photos. We kept it for a day and let it back to our front yard. Please visit this page for more infromation.
 
 
Unknown Tenebrionid Beetle with white edges
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? sp.,  body length 22mm
Found this beetle once in Ford Road Conservation Area on Jan 2009. The beetle was climbing up on a large gum tree trunk. When we took a few photos, it drop onto the ground. We put it back on the tree trunk again it quickly climbed up to the tree top. 
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Please email us if you know the ID of this beetle.  
 
 
Dark Vader Beetle
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? sp.,  body length 20mm
We found this beetle once in Carbrook Wetland on Oct 2009. We believed the beetle was traveling to somewhere. It flied pass and landed on a medium high plant, took about a minute rested on leaves. Then it flied to another plant about ten meters away and took another minute rest. Then flied to another plane... straight ahead............ 
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Please email us if you know the ID of this beetle.  
 
 
 

Subfamily Stenochiinae

Blown Beetle with white legs
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Dimorphochilus pascoei, body length 20mm 
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Pictures were also taken in Yimbun Park along Bulimba Creek on Oct 2007.
Reference:
1. Beetles - family Tenebrionidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2008.
2. Terrestrial Invertebrate Status Review (Brisbane City) - Dr John Stanisic, Queensland Museum, 2005, page 73, fig35d. 
 
 
Black Beetle
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? Aethyssius viridis, body length 20mm 
The beetle was resting on a tree trunk. It dropped onto the ground when we came closely. We picked it up and took those pictures. It was in Karawatha Forest She-Oak Tree area Dec 2007. 
Reference:
1. Beetles - family Tenebrionidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2008. 
2. Terrestrial Invertebrate Status Review (Brisbane City) - Dr John Stanisic, Queensland Museum, 2005, page 72, fig34k.
 

Subfamily Alleculinae

Dark Green and Brown Beetle 
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Omnatophorus sp., Alleculina, Alleculini, body length 15mm
Photos were taken next to Bulimba Creek in Wishart on Oct 2007, also Bulimba Creek in Sunnybank on Nov 2007.
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Here we would like to thank Robert Whyte again for the ID of this species.
 
 

 
Ground Darkling Beetle
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? sp., body length 25mm
This beetle was found wandering on ground on Mar 2010, in Ford Road Research Area.   
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Reference;
1. TENEBRIONIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2007.
2. Dictionary of Entomological Terms - Insects of Townsville, Australia by Graeme Cocks.
3. A guide to the Genera of Beetles of South Australia Part.5 - Matthews, E.G. 1987. 
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