Black Lawn Beetle - Heteronychus arator






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The African Black Lawn Beetle (Heteronychus arator) is a shiny black, rounded beetle. The larvae pale and soft-bodied with brown sclerotized head. The species is native to southern Africa. and has been introduced to Australia. It occurs in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Within Australia it occurs in coastal regions near main cities and in areas with agricultural activity. The larvae and adults burrow and feed on plant roots and tubers underground. The adult beetle also chews on stems at or under the soil surface, and can fly to new areas. In gardens can cause damage to lawns, vegetables and ornamental plants. Due to its generalist diet it is an agricultural pest of pasture, grains, sugar cane, grapevines, potatoes and newly planted eucalypts, among others.

Location: Kangaroo Valley NSW, Australia

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Latitude: 34° 44' 27.279462" S
Longitude: 150° 28' 28.387272" E


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