Golden Stag Beetle

Black Bess Beetle
Brown Bess Beetle

Black Dung Beetle
Greed Dung Beetle
Punctated Dung Beetle 
Green Scarab Beetle
Brown Cockchafer
Yellow Cockchafer
Nectar Scarab Beetle 
Common Christmas Beetle
White Christmas Beetle
Golden Christmas Beetle
Green Christmas Beetle 
Black Nail Beetle
Small Brown Scarab
Small Black Scarab 
Rhinoceros Beetle
Cowboy Beetle
Red-brown Flower Beetle
Fiddle Beetle
Spotted Flower Chafer
Brown Flower Beetle
Mango Flower Beetle


Common Christmas Beetle - Anoplognathus porosus


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

Body length 25mm
Those beetles are called Christmas Beetles. During Christmas days in Australia, we can find huge number of them on a tree, just  like the decorations on Christmas tree. There are different species of Christmas Beetles, mostly Anoplognathus species. The species shown in this page are very common in Brisbane.
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They are metallic green in colour and with the beautiful texture on their elytra. They feed on leaves of Eucalypt tree. 
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Christmas Beetle female lay eggs in soil or compost in spring and early summer. Larvae live in the soil. They feed on decaying organic matter or roots. They pupate in soil as well. Adult beetles emerge during the early to mid summer period from soil.  
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Notice the holes on the leaf after the beetle feeding. This is the typical bite mark by beetles, which is quite different from those by grasshoppers and caterpillars.
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1. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - Ryan, Michelle (ed.), Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 1995, p.91.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p230.
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