Backyard Buddies

Beetles

Christmas Beetles

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Christmas Beetles

Christmas beetles emerge each summer around Christmastime after waiting underground all year. They are easy to spot; their shimmering metallic bodies set them apart from a lot of the insect world. If you leave a light on during hot summer nights—especially in the east of Australia - you may find these nocturnal flying Christmas decorations in a bit of a frenzy in its glow. Christmas beetle babies are c-shaped grubs that spend a..

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Ladybirds

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Ladybirds

Ladybirds are great to have as buddies in your backyard. In many cultures they are considered so lucky that killing one will bring sadness and misfortune. There are about 6000 species of ladybird in the world, with around 500 species in Australia. You might know ladybirds as ladybugs or ladybeetles, but whatever name you use they are the fantastic at keeping your garden healthy. You might think of ladybirds as being red or orange wit..

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Stag Beetles

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Stag Beetles

There are over 1,200 species of these big-jawed beetles in the world, and maybe even more than 85 different species just in Australia, but even though there are lots of different types of Stag Beetle, many are facing a loss of habitat that is threatening their survival. Stag Beetles love to live in damp woodland areas with lots of leaves and rotting wood on the ground, but unfortunately, these are also the kinds of areas that humans like..

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