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Beetle (Chafer) Tanguru (Stethaspis suturalis)

Phylum: Arthropoda 
Subphylum: Hexapoda 
Class: Insecta 
Superorder: Coleopterida 
Order: Coleoptera 
Suborder: Polyphaga 
Infraorder: Scarabaeiformia 
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea 
Family: Scarabaeidae 
Subfamily: Melolonthinae 
Tribe: Stethaspini 
Genus: Stethaspis
Scientific name: Stethaspis suturalis,
Common name: Tanguru Chafer, Green Beetle

Stethaspis suturalis a green, flying scarab beetle which can be identified by a yellow stripe along its back.
It is common in native forest and pine plantations. 
It has large white grubs that live underground feeding on tree roots. 
The bright-green adults emerge en masse from under the soil during summer and fly with a buzzing sound soon after dark.







Stethaspis suturalis getting ready to fly. The eltras (hard wing casing) are raised and the transparent wings are unfolding. The green patch below the thorax is called the scutellum.


 

 

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