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Egyptian Beetle (Blaps polychresta) These beetles are native to Eygpt and Syria and are believed to have been introduced to Australia via European clipper ships carrying grain. They are common in the South of SA and in NW Victoria. Historically it is said that Eygptian women keen to get fashionably fat would eat these beetles.They aren't considered a pest but can spoil stored grain. Blaps polychresta,Egyptian Beetle,beetles,insects Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies intro

Egyptian Beetle (Blaps polychresta)

These beetles are native to Eygpt and Syria and are believed to have been introduced to Australia via European clipper ships carrying grain. They are common in the South of SA and in NW Victoria. Historically it is said that Eygptian women keen to get fashionably fat would eat these beetles.They aren't considered a pest but can spoil stored grain.

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  1. Nice find! It's hard to create a species record for this one, I'm having trouble finding its taxonomy information (kingdom, division, family, genus, etc). Promoting this one to the homepage. Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago
    1. Phlyum - Arthropoda
      Class - Hexapoda
      Order -Coleptera
      Family - Terebrionidae
      hope this helps
      Posted 5 years ago
  2. Phylum - Arthropoda
    Class - Hexapoda
    Order - Coleoptera
    Family - Terebrionidae
    hope this helps
    Posted 5 years ago
  3. Thanks Graeme, with your information and a bit more puzzling on the web I was able to create a species record. Every species counts :) Posted 5 years ago

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This exotic species occurs in southern Australia, where it occurs in semi-arid areas and is a trivial stored grain pest.

Source: http://davidavid.blogspot.nl/2006/05/egyptian-beetle-blaps-polychresta.html

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Sep 16, 2013. Captured Sep 4, 2013 10:25.
  • Canon EOS 1000D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/32s
  • ISO800
  • 100mm