Scarab Beetle Control in Your Lawn & Garden

Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae

The Scarab Beetle family (Scarabaeidae) is one of the largest beetle families in the world, with more than 2,200 species native to Australia. The larvae of various Scarab Beetles are known by several common names including ‘curl grubs’, ‘white curl grubs’, ‘C grubs’, and ‘cockchafers’.

The African Black Beetle (Heteronychus arator) and the Argentinian Scarab (Cyclocephala signaticollis) are introduced scarab pests, and their larvae are some of the ‘curl grubs’ that damage lawns.

Several native ‘cockchafer’ species (Adoryphorus spp., Aphodius tasmaniaeSericesthis spp.) are Scarab Beetles, and their larvae are serious pasture pests in southern Australia.

Familiar native beetles such as Christmas Beetles (Anoplognathus spp., Calloodes spp., Repsimus spp.) and Rhinoceros Beetles (Xylotrupes australicus) are also Scarab Beetles.

Image above: Christmas Beetle (Anoplognathus sp.)

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