Christmas beetles eat eucalyptus leaves. When found in large populations, they can clean out entire trees. The Christmas beetle larvae eat grass roots.Continue Reading
Christmas beetles are insects that are native to the continent of Australia. They are called Christmas beetles because they emerge during the Christmas season. They are found in the southern part of Australia and reside in forests and woodlands.
There are a total of 35 different Christmas beetle species. Christmas beetles can be identified by their bright colors. They are very similar to flower chafers. Christmas beetles range in size from a half-inch to 1 inch long.Learn more about Beetles
The term "powderpost beetle" describes several small beetles that bore into wood and produce a fine, flour-like powder as a result of their efforts. Beetle larvae damage the wood as they eat through it, making tunnels before they emerge as adults one to five years later.Full Answer >
Beetles are eaten by predators such as wasps, spiders, ants, mice, rats, moles shrews, salamanders, frogs, toads, birds, skunks and other beetles. In order to avoid being eaten, beetles run or hide in a tunnel when they are still larvae. A number of beetles have hard shells and can bite when defending themselves and others release toxic chemicals to discourage predators.Full Answer >
Some of the most common beetles that homeowners may find in their property include various carpet beetles and powderpost beetles. Homeowners who use certain rooms for grain and meal storage may also find merchant grain beetles and ladybird beetles.Full Answer >
Identify common beetles by using beetle and insect identification tools from some online education and resource sites, such as VirginiaTech and Insectidentification.org. These sites also display images and descriptions of different types of beetles in North America.Full Answer >