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 Mordellidae - Pintail Beetles

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 feeders. 

White-spotted Pintail Beetle
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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
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Tomoxioda aterrima., body length 5mm 
We found this Black Pintail Beetle in Karawatha Forest on Dec 2010. Please check this page for more information.  

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 2010, p169.
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