Anoplognathus pallidicollis

Anoplognathus pallidicollis

''Anoplognathus pallidicollis'' is a relatively large beetle of the family Scarabaeidae, native to Australia. It grows up to 20 mm in length. Adults are common in the summer months, particularly around Christmas, resulting in the common name of Christmas beetle for the species .

The beetles have rich glossy brown elytra and clypeus, and clawed legs covered in multiple barbs. Like all ''Anoplognathus'' species, the forelegs are of uneven lengths, possibly to better enable them to cling to thin ''Eucalyptus'' leaves .

The beetles are nocturnal, and are attracted to lights at night. They can often be found around outdoor lighting or crawling into homes. Studies show that they are most active around sunset and the hours immediately after.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyScarabaeidae
GenusAnoplognathus
SpeciesA. pallidicollis
Photographed in
Australia