There are about 35 species of Christmas Beetles and they are in the family Scarabaeidae. Eight Christmas Beetle species are found in Sydney. Christmas Beetles are another sign that summer is coming and that Christmas is just around the corner.
Christmas beetle babies have c-shaped grubs that spend a whole year growing up in small chambers just underneath the surface of the soil. They eat plant roots and decaying organic matter.
Christmas beetles like:
- Moist, but not too wet, environments.
- Grassy woodlands.
- Mature eucalyptus leaves.
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