(Scarabaeidae) Common names: Fiddler Beetle, Rose Chafer Beetle.
are commonly found along the East coast and coastal tablelands
of Australia from Q'ld to Vic, and around the South coast
of Australia from Vic to SA. They are diurnal, expert flyers
and come from the scarab family of beetles. Fiddler Beetles are so
named because of their violin-like markings in yellow or green.
The Fiddler Beetle are garden friends.
Eupoecila australasiae emerge
from its larval form in early Summer to feed on the nectar
and pollen of many Eucalypts and other flowering trees.
This Fiddler was on a flowering
Sapium sebiferum and the
bright yellow pollen spots on this root (qv) are
evidence of what this Fiddler beetle had been tucking into.