Heteronychus aratorCommon name: African Lawn Beetle

Meaning of name: Heteronychus is from the words hetero and onychus, meaning variable claw. Arator means ploughman.

Distribution: It can be found in the wetter coastal areas of Australia. 

Remarks: This is an introduced species and is native to southern Africa. It mainly feeds on the roots of grasses but will also eat a variety of vegetable crops and young or thinly wooded native plants.

This beetle was approximately 12 millimetres long.

References: Wikipedia  


Atlas of Living Australia 


Pest and Disease Image Library http://www.padil.gov.au/pests-and-diseases/pest/main/135883

Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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