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Hairy Christmas beetle

Anoplognathus velutinus


A larger and more girthsome scarab type with all parts covered on white setae which seems to be growing in clumps of up to 3 from individual pits which covered the elytra. Also different by a dark spots on each wing cover. Longer white setae showing from below thorax and abdomen.


Attracted to night lighting at the local school.


Certainly different to the usual 'Christmas beetles' Thanks Stephen Thorpe for ID. family: SCARABAEIDAE subfamily: Rutelinae tribe: Anoplognathini genus: Anoplognathus ........


LeanneGardner 8 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Maria, Lauren, Stephen, Daniele... a happy Christmas period to all of you. :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great series!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Love this one!

StephenSolomons 8 years ago

That is an exciting find

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Great idea Mark! And get them involved.You could create a mission for the school (lots of retrospective editing to put you spottings in there though... :-( )

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Daniele. I was just thinking it would be great if we could present our UFTG Primary School spottings to them. I'm sure they would be amazed. Leuba and I must be into the hundreds now for that school. And they've probably got hours of interesting night time security video to go with it too. ;-)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Fantastic Mark! One school worth spending time at :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Neil and Martin.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Wow, what a find. I've never seen a xmas beetle like this before. Nice one, Mark.

stho002 8 years ago

Carne (1957: 134) records it from 'VICTORIA: Camberwell, Caulfield, Hall's Gap, Heidelberg, Heyington, Studley Park, Wallan.' (doi: 10.1071/ZO9570088)

MartinL 8 years ago

Excellent spotting Mark. You're one Victorian who is not asleep on the job. I wonder if it is predicting a cold Christmas.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Yasser and Dilan. Stephen flyman13 (Flickr ref) is in Melbourne so I guess it is unofficially recorded here. He's pretty thorough. I'm wary of the problems we had with Xylonichus piliger - the green chafer - a NSW one and a Tas one with different genus but look identical.

Yasser 8 years ago

Wow! Fantastic beetle shots Mark!

stho002 8 years ago

Actually, it has been recorded from VIC according to

AFD seems to have missed the record

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Brilliant! Thanks again Stephen. I suppose should have guessed it might be "velutinous" :-)

stho002 8 years ago

Anoplognathus velutinus. Not recorded for VIC, but there you go!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Amazing Series Mark!!!

stho002 8 years ago

Anoplognathus sp.?

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 8, 2013
Submitted on Dec 9, 2013

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