Family Trogidae (Hide Beetles)

Dull and dark coloured beetles that feed on dead and dry animal carcasses but also old animal products.  They are one of the last of the chain of species that feed on animal remains.  Eggs are laid directly under the carcass and the larvae burrow down and also feed on the same carcass from below.  Adults can make a noise by rubbing their second last abdominal segment along the ridges of the internal elytra (wing cover) edges.  All of the Australian Hide Beetles are placed within the genus Omorgus.  Tasmania has three listed species, and one introduced species: Trox scaber.

Omorgus australasiae
Rocky Cape National Park
Mid January 2012


Mid September 2012
Narawntapu National Park
Under a dessicated wombat carcass.

Hiding in a burrow made next to a Tasmanian Devil scat
Rocky Cape National Park
Mid January 2012
Photos and video KE


Rather obscure video (miscommunication to child of exactly how to “bother” the beetle), demonstrating its distress sound.

Late December 2015
Sisters Beach
Attracted to light


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

Grove S.J., Forster  L. G. ,Porch, N. (2021) An illustrated checklist of the insects of Tasmania. Part 1 – Coleoptera (beetles). The Royal Society of Tasmania. Hobart

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