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Christmas beetles (Anoplognathus sp.) | by John from Canberra
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Christmas beetles (Anoplognathus sp.)

While trying to photograph grasshoppers in a patch of bushland, came across a couple of trees full of these beetles - hundreds of them. Apparently this is their normal way of life, though have to confess I have never before seen them do much except turn up at Christmas and die. At least this answers the questions of what they eat and where they go to meet each other.

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Taken on January 25, 2013