This page contains information and pictures about Dung Beetles in
Subfamily Scarabaeinae that
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Beetles in this subfamily have the round stout body. Usually they are black,
dark brown or dark green in
colour. They do not have the triangle-shaped scutellum. They have very long
hind legs. Their front legs are short but strong which are for digging in soil
and dung. They are Dung Beetles.
- Adult Dung Beetle males and females usually look differently. Most males
have the prominent horn while females luck such armatures. Larvae are
hump-backed and most feed on marsupial dung. Some others feed on fungi or
decaying plant materials.
- Black Dung Beetle
- Onthophagus chepara, body length 20mm
- The Dung Beetle was found on leaves in Tamborine on Apr 2008. Please
check this page for more pictures and
- Greed Dung Beetle
- Onthophagus tweedensis, body length 15mm
- This Green Dung Beetle is dark green in colour with its wings cover dark
green to almost black. We have more information and pictures about this Green
Dung Beetle in this page.
- Punctated Dung Beetle
- Onthophagus tenebrosus,
body length 10mm
- This Dung Beetle is black in colour with pale brown antenna. Surface is
densely and coarsely punctated. There are two small lobes on the head shows
that it is a major major male. Please check this page
for more information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 629.
- 2. Scarabaeinae - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008.
- 3. Key to the Dung Beetles of New South Wales - FaunaKey, Australian Museum, 2003.
- 4. A Guide to the Beetles of Australia - George Hangay and Paul Zborowski, CSIRO PUBLISHING, April
- 5. A revision of the Scarabaeine Dung Beetles of Australia. I. Tribe Onthophagini - E.G. Matthews, 1971, Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 19(9) 3 - 330.
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