What's red, black, and hairy all over? A recent species of bug found in Australia, dubbed by a few as a "punk beetle" for its fuzzy white locks.
What's red, black, and hairy all over? A recent species of bug found in Australia, dubbed by a few as a "punk beetle" for its fuzzy white locks. What's red, black, and hairy all over? A recent species of bug found in Australia, dubbed by a few as a "punk beetle" for its fuzzy white locks.

Unique discovery: Australian researcher uncovers new beetle species

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What’s red, black, and hairy all over? A recent species of bug found in Australia, dubbed by a few as a “punk beetle” for its fuzzy white locks.

A Queensland researcher stumbled upon a remarkable discovery while camping in the Gold Coast hinterland – a fluffy insect specimen that turned out to be a completely new family of longhorn beetle.

Chance Encounter

James Tweed, the researcher, initially mistook the fluffy insect for bird poo until he took a closer look. Describing it as “very unique,” Tweed highlighted the rarity of such traits among insects.

Unprecedented Find

Measuring about one centimeter in length and adorned with long, fluffy white hairs, the beetle stood out for its distinctive appearance. Tweed, a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, photographed and collected the specimen for further study after realizing its significance.

Collaboration with CSIRO

After posting images of the insect to a Facebook group yielded no answers, Tweed turned to the national science agency CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) for assistance. 

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Collaborating with experts from ANIC, Tweed confirmed that the beetle belonged to an entirely new family of longhorn beetle, a groundbreaking discovery.

Unprecedented Characteristics

While scientists have previously encountered insects with spiky hairs, such as hairy caterpillars and a black ant with an orange mane, this beetle’s unique “mohawk-like” appearance sets it apart from known species. Tweed noted that despite extensive research, no other insects with a similar hairdo have been identified.

Significance of the Discovery

The discovery underscores the rich biodiversity of Australia’s insect population and highlights the importance of continued exploration and research in uncovering new species. 

Tweed’s chance encounter serves as a testament to the potential for groundbreaking discoveries even in familiar environments like the Gold Coast hinterland.

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