Living With Christmas Beetles

Here in Indiana, the cold temperatures, snow, howling winds and lack of food have forced beetles into overwintering sites. Down Under, Summer has just begun and Christmas there is greeted by summer insects. Scarab beetles in the genus Anoplognathus are collectively known as “Christmas Beetles”. The larvae of these beetles spend the majority of their life underground. In late spring they emerge and begin mating and feeding on tree foliage. Many of the species have bright colors, tiny natural ornaments that “decorate” the trees. These beetles are featured by CSIRO as one of their wall papers.

Christmas Beetles  Photo: CSIRO

Christmas Beetles
Photo: CSIRO

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Living With Christmas Beetles

  1. I wonder if any pyrgotid flies parasitise them? I’d really like to describe a “Christmas fly” reared from the Christmas Beetle…

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