Belongs within: Scarabaeoidea.Contains: Aulacocyclus, Passalini. The Passalidae, bess beetles, are a group of elongate, flat-bodied scarabaeoid beetles that live in subsocial groups in rotting logs (Schuster 2002). Adults feed on rotting wood and prepare food for the associated larvae (Britton 1970). In members of the subfamily Passalinae, the procoxae do not project much below the… Continue reading Passalidae


Belongs within: Scarabaeidae.Contains: Hyboma, Ateuchus, Lepanus, Demarziella, Copris, Amphistomus, Coptodactyla, Sisyphini, Eurysternus, Onitini, Onthophagini, Oniticellini, Phanaeini, Gymnopleurini, Deltochilini, Eucraniini, Circellium, Scarabaeini. The Scarabaeinae include the true dung beetles, so named for their use of dung as a food source for developing larvae. Dung beetles can be divided between tunnelling species (that burrow into and bury dung below or… Continue reading Scarabaeinae


Belongs within: Rutelinae.Contains: Cryptodus, Phileurina, Oryctes, Pseudoryctina, Pimelopus, Neodon, Cheiroplatys, Trissodon, Novapus. The Dynastinae are a group of scarabaeid beetles whose larvae mostly feed on roots or decaying vegetation in soil or rotten logs. Members are often sexually dimorphic with males bearing prominent horns and/or other protuberances or concavities on the head and pronotum. The majority… Continue reading Dynastinae


Belongs within: Coleoptera.Contains: Ceratocanthidae, Lucanidae, Aesalinae, Trogidae, Geotrupidae, Hybosoridae, Ochodaeidae, Glaphyridae, Passalidae, Scarabaeidae. The Scarabaeoidea, scarabs and related beetles, are a group of beetles characterised by distinctive antennae with an asymmetrical lamellate club. In many families, except Lucanidae, Passalidae and Diphyllostoma, the segments of the antennal club are flattened and capable of close apposition. Most… Continue reading Scarabaeoidea


Belongs within: Scarabaeoidea.Contains: Figulus, Lissotes. The Lucanidae, stag beetles, are a group of scarabaeoid beetles that are typically associated with decaying wood on which they feed as larvae. Adults may feed at flowers or from sap flows. Most exhibit pronounced sexual dimorphism with males having greatly enlarged, curving mandibles that are used in combat between… Continue reading Lucanidae


Belongs within: Rutelinae. The Anoplognathina are an Australasian group of chafers characterised by the presence of an anteromedian labial process that curves into the mouth cavity. Species of the genus Anoplognathus are commonly referred to as ‘Christmas beetles’ in reference to their main period of emergence. <==AnoplognathinaCW92 |–Paraschizognathus Ohaus 1904CW92 | |–*P. prasinus (Boisduval 1835)… Continue reading Anoplognathina


Belongs within: Melolonthinae.Contains: Adoretus, Dynastinae, Anomala, Chrysina, Anoplognathina. The Rutelinae are a group of stout, usually brightly coloured and metallic scarab beetles. The two claws on each leg are unequal in size and independently movable; exceptionally, one of the claws may be lost. The margin of the elytra may carry a membranous fringe but this is… Continue reading Rutelinae


Belongs within: Cetoniinae. Cetonia is a Eurasian genus of metallic-coloured chafers. The rose chafer C. aurata is widespread across the Palaearctic realm with adults feeding on nectar, pollen and flower petals during warmer parts of the year (Bouchard 2014). Members of the subgenus Cetonia have the median plate of the mesosternum convex and button-shaped, whereas… Continue reading Cetonia


Belongs within: Melolonthinae.Contains: Mecynorhina, Theodosia, Gymnetini, Dicronocephalus, Ichnestomina, Pseudoclithria, Lomapterina, Schizorhinina, Cremastocheilini, Microvalgus, Cetonia, Glycyphana. The Cetoniinae are a group of somewhat flattened scarab beetles which are usually strikingly patterned, metallic or enamelled in coloration. Larvae are found in soil, rotting wood or decaying vegetation whereas adults are nectar feeders (Cassis & Weir 1992). The… Continue reading Cetoniinae


Belongs within: Cetoniinae. Glycyphana is an Indo-Australian genus of relatively small cetoniine beetles with a dorsum covered by a matt bloom marked with patches of lighter-coloured microtrichia. The brown flower beetle G. stolata is widespread in eastern Australia and has been introduced to the southwestern part of the continent in recent years. <==Glycyphana Burmeister 1842CW92… Continue reading Glycyphana