Heteronychus arator

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Heteronychus arator
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H. arator
Binomial name
Heteronychus arator
(Fabricius, 1775)

Heteronychus arator (hetero+onychus = 'variable claw', arator = 'ploughman') is a species of beetle in the subfamily Dynastinae (the rhinoceros beetles). It is commonly called African black beetle or black lawn beetle.[1] It is native to Africa and it is an introduced species in Australia and on the North Island of New Zealand.[2]

Morphology[edit]

It is a shiny black oval-shaped beetle 12 to 15 millimeters long.[3]

Host[edit]

This species may damage lawns and other turf, especially during the summer, as well as many crop plants, garden flowers,[4] trees and shrubs.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b African black beetle (Heteronychus arator) - pest of viticulture. Western Australia Department of Agriculture. 2005.
  2. ^ African Black Beetle. Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 2010.
  3. ^ African black beetle, Heteronychus arator. Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL).
  4. ^ African Black Beetle - Heteronychus arator. iLandscape.com.au, April 3, 2012.

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