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Cowboy Beetle

chondropyga dorsalis


The cowboy beetle grows to 20–25 mm (0.8–1 in) long with females generally slightly larger than males. It has a yellow-brown colouration and when in flight produce a loud buzzing noise which creates the illusion of a large wasp. It also does this when it feels threatened.


Saw this beetle in my garden yesterday in the outer western suburbs of Sydney

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Sydney, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Jan 8, 2019
Submitted on Jan 9, 2019

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