Animal Species:Balsam Beast

This large species is known as the Balsam Beast because it was first discovered on balsam flowers.

Balsam Beast

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Standard Common Name

Balsam Beast

Size range

6 cm - 7.5 cm

Distribution

The Balsam Beast is found in coastal eastern Australia from Cape York, Queensland to Batemans Bay, New South Wales.

Habitat

The Balsam Beast lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands and heath. It lives in Angophora trees and is most common in Sydney in late winter or spring.

Feeding and Diet

The Balsam Beast feeds at night and, when Angophora flowers become scarce, it moves to garden plants and fruits, including kiwi fruit.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Balsam Beast plays an important role in pollinating the plants it feeds on. As it feeds, pollen attaches to the small hairs covering their bodies and is transported from flower to flower.

Classification

Species:
dryas
Genus:
Anthophiloptera
Subfamily:
Zaprochilinae
Family:
Tettagonidae
Superfamily:
Tettagonioidea
Suborder:
Ensifera
Order:
Orthoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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