Rhipiceridae (Feather or Fan Horned Beetles)


Little research has been done on the six known species of these beetles in Australia.  In the US the larvae of one species has been found to be an ectoparasite of underground cicada larvae.  All Australian species are within the genus Rhypicera.  Tasmania has only one species listed - Rhypicera femorata.  


Rhipicera sp.
Coastal Heathland, 
Rocky Cape National Park
Mid January 2012

Males have the fan shaped antennae.  
 

  

Mid March 2013
Port Sorell
Found washed up at high tide line in the estuary.



References:

CSIRO, 1990. Insects of Australia, Volume  2: A Textbook for Students and Research Workers. 2nd Edition. Melbourne University Publishing. p631

Hangay, G & Zborowski, P 2010, A Guide to the Beetles of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Semmens, T. D., McQuillan, P. B., & Hayhurst G. 1992. Catalogue of the Insects of Tasmania. Department of Primary Industry Tasmania.