First Christmas beetle of the season

by cjj on December 5, 2010

Christmas beetle

Christmas beetle

These beetles are common here at this time of year, hence their name, and will hang around all summer. In large numbers they will do a lot of damage to eucalyptus trees. During the year we find them in the garden dirt as white curl grubs.

This particular beetle is a Anoplognathus pallidicollis. I found this out with the aid of wikipedia and google images.

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