A small, very active dark beetle commonly called Water Penny from family Psephenidae had a slightly dorso-ventrally flattened body. The elytra showed two narrow bands of pale specks. The pronotum which was the same colour as the elytra had a pair of short pale streaks on either side of midline arising from the posterior margin. The lateral margins had pale flecks. The elytra stopped short of the terminal abdominal segments. Head was small with relatively large closely placed eyes. Antennae were segmented.
Legs were thin with feeble tarsi.
Flew in towards the garden lights on a warm night and then disappeared under some wood.
( Please add Sclerocyphon sp.)
This dusty blue beetle was about 13 mm long. The dorso-ventrally flattened body had a flange around both the thorax and elytra.
Spotted under bright lights in a suburban garden on a very warm night.
This could be P.peltatus but needs confirmation.
This 20 mm long beetle looked very different to other ground beetles because of its flattened body and a thorax that is notched both anteriorly and posteriorly. Elytra showed fine parallel ridges and had a metallic sheen which reflected purple and teal colours. Legs were long had short spines.
These ground beetles are said to feed on caterpillars. They are strongly attracted to U-V emitting lights and can congregate in large numbers but do not stay in one place for long. They stay hidden during the day but are very active at night.
About 12 mm long this black beetle had broadly convex body with ridged elytra and a thin marginal flange. The pronotum showed broader flanges and thick lateral margins. Head and eyes were small. Antennae had beaded segments.
Spotted on grass in a park.
A small (5mm) weevil which has created a nidus. The relationships here are extraordinary. The female weevil steps out a measure of leaf, cuts it, folds and rolls it smearing a mystery substance as she goes, and injecting spores of a penicillin fungus she had collected in thoracic cavities. The peniciliin protects the larvae as they develop from other infections but don't provide nourishment.
Family Attelabidae; Genus Euops: need to add these
A small black beetle about 5 mm long with glossy black elytra with pale patches at the base. The elytra appeared to stop short of the last few abdominal segments. The scape of antennae were a pale brown and appeared to have a short spine.
Thanks to Chris Lindorff for helping with identifying the beetle.
A large (14mm) leaf beetle attracted to lights at the edge of the local national park. Looks similar to Paropsis charybdis but there are 2 large dark patches to be explained first. To discuss with Martin Lagerwey.
A heavily sclerotised Hide Beetle with ridged and sculptured elytra and thorax. It was a dusty brown and about 12 mm in length. The head was deflexed and it was difficult to see any details except briefly. Short segmented antennae ended in a three segmented club.
A large paropsid leaf beetle (15mm length) which looked fully black to the eye but the flash has revealed a set of full length, deep red lines.
No dents were noticed on or around the pronotum.
I have always found these at night so suspect they hide in daytime maybe under bark.
A colorful jewel beetle about 15mm long. Deep metallic blue including ventral parts and legs but with two and a half pairs of deep orange, broken bands over the wing cases.
Feeding on Leptosperma scoparium in a local nature reserve.