Sighting

Kate Sandiford 30 Aug 2016

10mm beetles running through a meat ant colony

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Sighted 7 Jan 2016
Strangways VIC 3461, Australia

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Identifications

  • Kate Sandiford 30 August 2016
    Sphallomorpha
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae: Sphallomorpha
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Notes

  • Kate Sandiford 30 August 2016
    Kate Sandiford says

    Not sure what's going on today but Bowerbird seems to be aggregating my description notes from previous sightings. The Behaviour note showing here belongs to http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/69645 (Microvalgus), and the Physical Description belongs to http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/69647 (Piesarthrius). Only the Habitat and General Details notes apply to this Sphallomorpha sighting.

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  • Kate Sandiford 30 August 2016
    Behaviour

    Found outdoors during the day in early summer on white surfaces such as tools, clothing, paper labels and wine bottle caps.

    Physical Description

    Body length 20mm, antennae 16mm. Dark brown with white hairs.

    Habitat

    Regenerating Box-Ironbark (predominantly Grey Box) with an extensive meat ant colony

    General Details

    Seen on two successive walks through regenerating farmland. The beetles were avoiding the meat ants which chased them when close. Some Sphallomorpha larvae are known to prey on meat ants.

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