- This page contains information and pictures about Pintail Beetles in family
Mordellidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Beetles in the family Mordellidae can easily be recognised by their body
shape. The last abdomen segment is prolonged and give the beetle the pintail
shape. They are small to medium in size. They are usually black or dark brown
in colours and some species are white spot patterned.
- Adult Pintail Beetles can be found feeding on flowers. The are known to
jump pr tumble when disturbed.
- Some species larvae live in decaying trees and logs. Some are predator and
some are parasites. Some others are leaf or stem miners or fungi
- White-spotted Pintail Beetle
- Hoshihananomia leucosticta, (Mordella leucosticta), body length 10mm
- Photos taken in Karawatha forest during mid summer. It was not quite moving even we touch it. We
have more information in this page.
- Black Pintail Beetle
- Tomoxioda aterrima., body length 5mm
- We found this Black Pintail Beetle in Karawatha Forest on Dec 2010. Please
check this page for more
- 1. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J.
Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p225.
- 2. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 663.
- 3. Hoshihananomia leucosticta - Insects of Townsville, Australia.
- 4. A guide to the Genera of Beetles of South Australia Part.5 -
Matthews, E.G. 1987, p4,
- 5. A Guide to the Beetles of Australia - George Hangay and Paul Zborowski, CSIRO PUBLISHING April
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