Animal Species:Fiddler Beetle
Fiddler Beetles are common around Sydney and are named for the fiddle (violin) shaped patterns on their backs.
Standard Common Name
Fiddler Beetles are common in heath and woodlands in south-eastern Australia.
Feeding and Diet
Adult beetles emerge from soil in early summer and feed on the nectar of flowers.
Female Fiddler Beetles lay their eggs in rotting logs or in the damp soil under logs. The grubs feed on rotting timber and build cocoons of soil and debris in which they pupate.
Danger to humans and first aid
These attractive beetles are harmless to humans.