This page contains information and pictures about Chafer Beetles in Subfamily Melolonthinae
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Beetles in this subfamily usually brown in colour, but may be black,
metallic or bicoloured.
They are commonly known as Chafers or Cockchafers. Male and female look no
- Their life cycle is usually more than one year. Larvae are long life, in C-shaped and
soil-dwelling, feed on roots and other organic matter. They pupate in cell
deep in soil. When become adults, they stay remains in the cell, wait until
rain softens the soil and come out. This makes the adults come out from soil
in the same time, synchronizes as the mating flight. Most of them active at
night but some feed during the day. Adults live only a few days or weeks.
- Green Scarab
Beetles, Green Spring Beetles, Green Chafers
- Diphucephala sp., body length 8mm
- Green Scarab
Beetles are common in Brisbane in early summer. Whole body is metallic green in
colour. In early summer, we usually find half the leaves of a tree was completely eaten by
those small green beetles. More information please click here.
- Brown Cockchafer, Rhopaea Cane Grub
- Rhopaea magnicornis, Melolonthini, body length 22mm
- This beetle is brown in colour and with a hairy body. Notice its antennae
is short and fan-like. We found this beetle in summer night flying towards our
windows. More information on this page.
- Yellow Cockchafer
- ? Lepidiota or Rhopaea sp. body length 25mm
- The beetle was found on the forest floor in Karawatha Forest on early
summer Nov 2007. It ran and disappeared among ground covers after we took a
- Nectar Scarab Beetle
- Phyllotocus sp., body length 10mm
- This Flower Dung Beetle have the typical
brick-red colour we believed is mimicking the Lycid
Beetle. We have more information in this page.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 630.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p229.
- 3. Beetles of Australia - Trevor J Hawkeswood, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1987,
- 4. Melolonthinae - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008.
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