Christmas beetle

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Christmas beetle
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Anoplognathus pallidicollis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Anoplognathus
Leach, 1819

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Christmas beetle is a name commonly applied to the Australian beetle genus Anoplognathus . They are known as Christmas beetles because they are abundant in both urban and rural areas close to Christmas. Christmas beetles are large (20–30 mm long) members of the scarab family that are noisy and clumsy fliers, similar to the cockchafers of Europe. They typically have elytra that are a dark or light brown, or green, in some species with a green-yellow iridescence.

The genus includes 35 species, several of which have been implicated in dieback of eucalypts. Anoplognathus pallidicollis is the species most commonly observed and associated with the name of Christmas beetle.


Species include:


  • Anoplognathus, ANIC Specimen Database. Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Entomology