Chance sighting reveals new species of fluffy beetle

21 Mar 2024
Fluffy beetle rests on a green leaf
The UQ researcher discovered the fluffy beetle on a leaf in the Gold Coast hinterland. Image: James Tweed

A researcher from The University of Queensland has discovered a remarkable new genus of fluffy longhorn beetle while camping within rainforest in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The freshly named Excastra albopilosa was found by School of the Environment PhD candidate James Tweed, who nearly mistook the beetle for bird droppings.

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