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Melolonthid beetle

Description:

A small, all black, scarab-type beetle with very short, poorly fitting elytra; some white setae visible at ekytral margin and typical long, trailing tarsi. It certainly looked like it was eating the young eucalyptus leaf underneath it - flower chafer usually? About 8mm long.

Habitat:

In a local nature reserve.

Notes:

The waistcoat looks ridiculous. These are not well documented to species level. Most are flower chafers, dung rollers but this one is eating leaf.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 21, 2014

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