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Christmas Beetle, aka Golden stag beetle

Lamprima aurata


The Golden stag beetle (named for the color of the male and his large antennae) is most frequently called the Christmas beetle here in Australia, because it hatches out around Christmas time and because it is brightly colored like a Christmas decoration.


In this instance, dry sclerophyll bushland, but found in much of Australia.


This is a female. Unlike the golden males, the females tend to be green and orange, with blue legs.

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lori.tas 7 years ago

Yes Japh, the common name Christmas beetle is more likely to mean the other beetle you linked to. However, any colorful beetle that appears around Christmas time is likely to get called a Christmas beetle. It took me a while to find that this was the (female) Golden Stag Beetle, because the male has the characteristic color and "stag" antennae:

Japh 7 years ago

Hey Lori, great shot of the Golden Stag Beetle!

Just to clarify, I know we sometimes colloquially refer to them as Christmas Beetles, really these ones are Christmas Beetles:


LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Lovely spotting Lori. I need some advice about shooting beatles. I am using a 150mm macro lense and flash but the flash is killing all the photos. How do i get better results with the beatles...I want to maintain the natural colors there bodies present. If you prefer, you can write me

LisaPalmerFleming 9 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fabulous! One antenna looks a bit down in pic2 though. ;)

Latimeria 9 years ago

What a beauty!

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Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jan 1, 2012
Submitted on Jan 3, 2012

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