White-spotted Pintail Beetle
Black Pintail Beetle
Wedge-shaped Beetle
Brown Darkling Beetle
Black Darkling Beetle
Ground Darkling Beetle
Chalcopterus Beetle II
Chalcopterus Beetle III
Pie-dish Beetle
Darth Vader Beetle
White-edged Darkling Beetle
Blue Darkling Beetle
Black Comb-clawed Beetle
Dark Green Comb-clawed
Striped Comb-clawed Beetle
Blown Comb-clawed Beetle
Green Comb-clawed Beetle
Bark Comb Clawed Beetle
Grey Comb-clawed Beetle  
Lycid-mimic Pollen Beetle
Bi-colour Pollen Beetle 
Blister Beetles  


Family Meloidae - Blister Beetle

This page contains information and pictures about Blister Beetles in family Meloidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 
Beetles in this small family are usually bicoloured with bright colours. They are from small to medium in size. Their head is strongly constricted behind eyes to form narrow neck. The thorax is usually narrow as well. They have long snout for flower-visiting, typical of pollen feeders. 
Their eggs are lay on flowers and larvae are parasitoids of bees

Orange Blister Beetle - Zonitis sp. 

This page contains information and pictures about Orange Blister Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 16mm 

The beetle is bright orange colour with black patch patterns. Its thorax and head are orange with narrow neck. 
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We found this beetle two times in different area on Jan 2009, the first time in Ford Road Conservation Area and the second time in Daisy Hills near Buhot Creek. Both were found when the beetle was on the top of a small Lantana plant. The beetle did not fly or run away. It just slowly walk to the bottom side of the leaf to hide.
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1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 668.
2. A guide to the Genera of Beetles of South Australia Part.5 - Matthews, E.G. 1985, p9. 
3. A Guide to the Beetles of Australia - George Hangay and Paul Zborowski, CSIRO PUBLISHING April 2010, p184. 
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