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Christmas – but where have all the

Where have all the Christmas beetles gone?, Australian Museum, 11 November 2o18

The evidence suggesting a decline is anecdotal yet compelling. 

It’s that time of year when retailers bemoan the fickle habits of consumers, people clean out their barbeques and Christmas beetles crash into windows and pile up around streetlights . . . or do they? Entomologist Chris Reid investigates.

Each year I am asked, ‘Where have all the Christmas beetles gone?’ Have they really declined, and what is a Christmas beetle anyway?

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