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Larvae (Scarab Beetle)

Family Scarabaeidae


Large curled whitish grub, soft with covering of fine orange hairs, small dots along sides, legs located to front under body, hard dark head with eating apparatus, large rear end that appears translucent and dark inside. Larval stage of many types of Scarab beetle.


Found throughout Australia, spends time in soft ground especially under vegetation litter and emerges as an adult beetle.


This grub was quite large, unknown exactly which scarab beetle type it was from although the beetles that were located nearby included Christmas beetles and Golden Green Stag.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago
Rhinoceros Beetle (larvae)
Xylotrupes gideon Rhinoceros Beetle - Xylotrupes gideon

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1 Comment

kdpicturemaker 5 years ago

I think you are probably right Neil. Attractive in its own unique way don't you think?
Will adjust ID when I have better access to site.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 16, 2012
Submitted on Dec 16, 2013

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