DUNG BEETLE IDENTIFICATION SERVICES
are several voluntary beetle identification services that
can provide assistance.
available, it is helpful to include several specimens of the
same species as this will increase the likelihood of
including a male, which is often easier to identify.
first step is to prepare your beetle.
rinse all traces of dung from the beetle
place the beetle in a container and freeze overnight
remove the beetle from the freezer and place on a paper towel or newspaper to dry in a well-ventilated area for one week
loosely wrap the dried beetle(s) in paper towelling and place in a matchbox or cardboard packaging that will not crush during postage. It is important to avoid plastic packaging as beetles may sweat and decompose making identification extremely difficult. It will also ensure that unpleasant odours are kept to a minimum.
will also need to include:
property location and description (GPS if available)
stamped self-addressed envelope for return of beetle identification (or e-mail address)
your beetle to your nearest location*:
|Penny Edwards||PO Box 865 Maleny Qld 4552|
|Pam Wilson||email: firstname.lastname@example.org for address details|
|Belinda Pearce||C/- Kergunyah Post Office Kergunyah Vic 3691|
|John Feehan||3 Prell Place, Hackett, ACT 2602, phone (02) 6248 0376|