Animal Species:Bess Beetle
There are around 30 different species of bess beetles in Australia, and about five occur in the Sydney area.
Standard Common Name
Peg Beetles, Betsy Beetles, Patent Leather Beetles, Horn Beetles
Number of species
2 cm - 4 cm
Bess beetles are found in eastern Australia.
Bess beetles are commonly found in rotting logs, usually in a small colony made up of a number of adults and larvae.
Feeding and Diet
The adult bess beetles prepare the food for the larvae by chewing the wood into a soft pulp, which the larvae can eat.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Adults are commonly attracted to lights. When handled or threatened, bess beetles rub parts of their body together to produce a rasping sound. Most bess beetle species have tiny mites attached to them that are probably parasitic.