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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

ISSN

0021-8618

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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