Subject: Identify our cute insect
Location: Perth, Western Australia
May 12, 2013 8:19 pm
We found this little guy yesterday sitting on our car and have never seen anything like it! Other internet sites haven’t been very helpful in identification. His antennae are also quite odd they look a little like false eyelashes? Can you identify him for us?
Signature: Jemma, Australia
These are by far the best images we have ever received of a Feather Horned Beetle, Rhipicera femoralis. These really are amazing looking beetles. We have not had much luck finding information on this distinctive beetle, but Pinterest states: “The antennae of males are unusual in that they have more than 20 segments and arise from small knob-like prominences.” Chris Mallory has a marvelous photo posted of this species. So, while there are photos of this species available online, credible information is noticeably lacking. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to point us to a website with relevant information on the Feather Horned Beetle.