Ecnolagria grandis aka Brown Darkling Beetle (?)
Mylor Conservation Park, South Australia – January 4th, 2014 – warm, sunny conditions
Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz
Amber-coloured Beetles that feed on dead plant and fungal matter and live in a variety of habitats including forests, heaths and urban areas including gardens. The adults can fly but rarely move even when disturbed and then fly slowly. Their two eyes wrap around the base of each antennae. The larva are dark brown and hairy, with a pair of hooks on the rear end and they live in the ground and come out in numbers to feed at the surface by night on vegetable litter including fallen Eucalypt leaves which they leave skeletonized.