Fiddler Beetle: Eupoecila australasiae Donovan, 1805 (male) Click to enlarge image
Fiddler Beetle: Eupoecila australasiae Donovan, 1805 (male). CBCR Imagebase Project Coleoptera voucher specimens Image: Matthew Bulbert
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australasiae
    Genus
    Eupoecila
    Family
    Scarabaeidae
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Phylum
    Arthropoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

Fiddler Beetles are common around Sydney and are named for the fiddle (violin) shaped patterns on their backs.

Habitat

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.

Life history cycle

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

These attractive beetles are harmless to humans.