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Female beetle about 25mm long.
Found drowning in a bucket in our back yard.
As they are also commonly called 'Christmas beetles, especially in Tasmania, this was a special find on Christmas day.
This is a very dark form. They develop in dead timber mostly eucalyptus but occasionally acacia. Scientific names include many synonyms possibly resulting from the incredible variations in both size and colour?
The summer season here is very threatening to all species with ongoing drought and intense fires nation-wide.
This one revived well on our cutting board and was returned to the garden.
Spotted on Dec 25, 2019
Submitted on Dec 25, 2019