Lagrioida australis

This is a beach dwelling beetle that is usually found “at roots of grass and herbage on the sandhills” (Champion 1895). Champion described the species from Tasmanian specimens and noted they are variable in darkness of colouring of the body and also of size.

Mid March 2016
Denison Beach
Numerous individuals found by sweeping the Marram grass on the dunes
Identification confirmation thanks to Boris Büche
Photos KE
20160312 IMG 7627  20160312 IMG 7631 1  20160312 IMG 7632  20160312 IMG 7633  20160312 IMG 7626