March 20, 2010
HI Please can you tell me what type of beetle this is please, iv have only just started getting interested in
bug and insects I’m a cub scout leader so i would like to show the cubs all the pics i take and tel them
about the fly or bug thank you. The beetle was found at Joondalup lake.
Before we could even attempt to answer your question, we needed to research where on the planet Joondalup lake is found, and we now know that it is near Perth in Western Australia. We thought your beetle looked like a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, but it is shorter and stouter than most members of that family. We found some images that are also unidentified on the Life Unseen website page of Australian Click Beetles. We may be totally wrong, but that is our best guess at the moment.
Definitely a darkling beetle, family Tenebrionidae. Beyond that I can’t help much, not being very familiar with the Australian fauna. I will, however, happily accept a year or two sabbatical, expenses paid, to study the insects and arachnids there:-)