Heteronychus arator, turf, vegetables, Western Australia
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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).
Jenkins, Clee Francis Howard
"The black beetle,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 6
, Article 10.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol6/iss1/10