Acrossidius tasmaniae

Scarabaeidae  : Aphodiinae

An Australian immigrant and widespread in New Zealand where it is especially common in the dry sandy soils of the Canterbury coast. Reputedly, millions of individuals have been seen forming a bank at the high tide strandline on Sumner beach, Christchurch, after a massive flight on a warm evening in January. It now shares some of its dry soil habitat with the recent arrival from Europe,Aphodius fimetarius, and there is possible competition between these two species and a native species similar to Costelytra diurna. .

Text updated: 22/12/2010