Friday, 14 December 2012

Seasons Greetings

These Christmas Beetles,  Anoplognathus smaragdinus, have taken season's greetings to a new level.

These were photographed by Jack Hasenpusch at the Australian Insect Farm not far from Innisfail, Queensland. This year has seen a tremendous population explosion of these scarab beetles in his area. But in the Kuranda vicinity, a few hundred kilometres to the north, the beetle populations are normal and we see only a few at the lights each night.

2 comments:

Piotr Naskrecki said...

This is unbelievable! I wish I could see this spectacle in person.

Snail said...

What a magnificent haul! I've only seen the odd one or two so far around the Malanda and Atherton region. Certainly nothing like that.