Family Rhipiceridae (Feather or Fan Horned Beetles)

Little research has been done on the six known species of these beetles in Australia.  In the US the larvae of one species has been found to be an ectoparasite of underground cicada larvae.  All Australian species are within the genus Rhypicera.  Tasmania has only one species listed – Rhypicera femorata. Males have the fan shaped antennae.

Rhipicera femorata

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References:

CSIRO, 1990. Insects of Australia, Volume  2: A Textbook for Students and Research Workers. 2nd Edition. Melbourne University Publishing. p631

Hangay, G & Zborowski, P 2010, A Guide to the Beetles of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Semmens, T. D., McQuillan, P. B., & Hayhurst G. 1992. Catalogue of the Insects of Tasmania. Department of Primary Industry Tasmania.