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  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteronychus_arator

Atlas of Living Australia 

https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:d868c346-1343-4119-aa66-1700e2d9ed9a

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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