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  unknown (Rhipiphoridae family sp1)





unknown | Rhipiphoridae family sp1 photo
unknown species of beetle from the Rhipiphoridae family

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unknown | Rhipiphoridae family sp1 photo
close up of the comb-shaped branched antennae

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



INSECT FACTS

Identification
This beetle has unusual branched antennae that look a bit like moose antlers. I found this one near our outdoor light. From a distance it has the appearance of a click beetle, but closerinspection shows these strange antennae. Two other beetle families in Australia also have these flabellate antennae - Rhipiceridae and Callirhipidae. A site visitor has advised that this beetle looks like it's a member of the Callirhipidae family.

Size
12mm

Breeding
Beetles in the Rhipiphoridae family are parasitoids - their larvae feed on the larvae of other species - mainly bees or wasps.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Rhipiphoridae
Genus:Rhipiphoridae family
Species:sp1
Common Name:unknown