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Merimna atrata

2 Merimna atrata at Majura, ACT

Merimna atrata at Majura, ACT - 19 Nov 2020
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Identification history

Merimna atrata 24 Jun 2021 MichaelMulvaney
Merimna atrata 23 Nov 2020 KimPullen
Unidentified 22 Nov 2020 Ozflyfisher

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Significant sighting

24 Jun 2021

First ACT record of this fire favoured species.

User's notes

Found on east facing wall at work at Canberra Airport

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KimPullen wrote:
   23 Nov 2020
'Fire beetle'. First ACT record of the species, as far as I know.
   24 Jun 2021
The following is an extract from the WA Museum web site. "The Australian 'fire-beetle' Merimna atrata can be found in large numbers directly after a fire in eucalyptus forests in the smoky burnt area. The main reasons for this so-called pyrophilous behaviour are reproduction and foraging. Beetles of both sexes are most probably attracted by the smell of burning eucalyptus trees and invade a freshly burnt area as early as possible. Nearly the entire cycle of reproduction, including mate finding, copulation and oviposition takes place, and the beetles are most likely protected from predators by heat and smoke. This is possible because M. atrata has developed special infrared receptors on the abdomen which serve for the detection of hot spots. As the burnt area gets cooler and the smell of burning declines, beetles disappear within about 3 days. "

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Nearby sightings

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Chauliognathus tricolor (Tricolor soldier beetle) at Majura, ACT - 14 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat Armactica conchidia (Conchidia Moth) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat Bathytricha truncata (Sugarcane Stem Borer) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat Gastrinodes argoplaca (Cryptic Bark Moth) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat Onitis (genus) (Onitis dung beetle) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat Genduara acedesta (Painted Clear Winged Snout Moth) at Majura, ACT - 11 Jan 2021 by Ghostbat Thasyraea ornata (A prowling spider) at Majura, ACT - 22 Dec 2020 by Ghostbat Archimantis latistyla (Stick Mantis, Large Brown Mantis) at Majura, ACT - 20 Dec 2020 by Ghostbat Apis mellifera (European honey bee) at Majura, ACT - 9 Dec 2020 by Ghostbat Anoplognathus hirsutus (Hirsute Christmas beetle) at Majura, ACT - 23 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat Arhodia lasiocamparia (Pink Arhodia) at Majura, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat Leptoceridae sp. (family) (Long-horned caddisfly) at Majura, ACT - 16 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat Pholcus phalangioides (Daddy longlegs spider) at Majura, ACT - 15 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat Prasinocyma semicrocea (Common Gum Emerald) at Majura, ACT - 15 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat
Chauliognathus tricolor (Tricolor soldier beetle) at Majura, ACT - 14 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat
Armactica conchidia (Conchidia Moth) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat
Bathytricha truncata (Sugarcane Stem Borer) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat
Gastrinodes argoplaca (Cryptic Bark Moth) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat
Onitis (genus) (Onitis dung beetle) at Majura, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by Ghostbat
Genduara acedesta (Painted Clear Winged Snout Moth) at Majura, ACT - 11 Jan 2021 by Ghostbat
Thasyraea ornata (A prowling spider) at Majura, ACT - 22 Dec 2020 by Ghostbat
Archimantis latistyla (Stick Mantis, Large Brown Mantis) at Majura, ACT - 20 Dec 2020 by Ghostbat
Apis mellifera (European honey bee) at Majura, ACT - 9 Dec 2020 by Ghostbat
Anoplognathus hirsutus (Hirsute Christmas beetle) at Majura, ACT - 23 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat
Arhodia lasiocamparia (Pink Arhodia) at Majura, ACT - 18 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat
Leptoceridae sp. (family) (Long-horned caddisfly) at Majura, ACT - 16 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat
Pholcus phalangioides (Daddy longlegs spider) at Majura, ACT - 15 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat
Prasinocyma semicrocea (Common Gum Emerald) at Majura, ACT - 15 Nov 2020 by Ghostbat

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 19 Nov 2020 07:39 PM Recorded on
  • Ozflyfisher Recorded by

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  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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