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Cowboy Beetle

Chondropyga dorsalis


A Large beetle seen in summer around flowering plants. It is flattish, a golden brown colour with a black stripe down the middle of its back. It has large and sophisticated antennae for combing flowers.


Open sclerophyll forests Australia.


Melolonthinae - part of SCARABAEIDAE

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

thanks melissa - i promise it's just luck

MartinL 7 years ago

I've expanded the beetle mission and you can add these now=)

MelissaFerguson 7 years ago

Great close-up!

MartinL 7 years ago

Yes, but we still don't know if it's Woody or Jessie.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

He didn't give me much time martin. Crash landed for 30 seconds, adjusted himself a bit, yelled 'YeeHaa' and took off. Made him so easy to identify.

MartinL 7 years ago

Nice, argybee. He's still tucking his wings away. I haven't seen these yet this summer=(

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.32

Spotted on Jan 17, 2012
Submitted on Jan 17, 2012

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