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Subject: Flying bug swarm
Location: Between Wallan and Kilmore 60km north of Melbourne on open grass land
December 22, 2012 7:19 pm
Morning
We have had a swarm of flying beatles both yesterday 22/12/12 and today 23/12/12 and I was wondering what they are as I can find nothing in the news. The bug has a red/orange band on its neck/ in front of its wings.
We live between Wallan and Kilmore 60km north of Melbourne on open grass land. Obviously two hot days have been ideal for hatching I assume but we’ve lived here for 5 years and never seen these.
Signature: Mark Bray

Plague Soldier Beetle

Dear Mark,
Despite its offputting common name, the Plague Soldier Beetle is not an insect pest, though they can be a nuisance if they are plentiful.  You can get additional information on the Brisbane Insect Website.

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