Rhipicera sp.  - Feather-horn beetle
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

The impressive antennae of a Rhipicera beetle.  Little is known about the biology of the Australian feather-horned beetles, but elsewhere in the world their larvae are parasites of cicadas.  Parasitism is a relatively uncommon life history strategy among beetles.

Australia, VIC: Tidal River, Wilson's Promontory National Park.  39º02.052'S 146º19.530'E, 15m. 
17.ii.2006. Coastal Leptospermum Forest.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.