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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Article Title

The black beetle

Keywords

Heteronychus arator, turf, vegetables, Western Australia

First Page Number

39

Last Page Number

42

Abstract

Since first reported in Western Australia 27 years ago, the black beetle has spread widely to become a well-known pest in metropolitan home lawns and public grassed areas.

THE black beetle (Heteronychus sanctae-helenae Blanchard) is a native of South Africa which seems to have first gained a footing in Australia in about 1930, for it was then recorded as a pest of maize in New South Wales. (Gurney 1934).

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