Beetle-mania hits Binna Burra

James Tweed Beetle discovered at Binna Burra
James Tweed Beetle discovered at Binna Burra

A RESEARCHER from the University of Queensland has discovered a new genus of fluffy longhorn beetle while camping at Binna Burra.

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

“I was walking through the campsite at Binna Burra Lodge one morning and something on a Lomandra leaf caught my eye,” Mr Tweed said.

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Australian Geographic reported James saying: “Best estimates suggest there may be 5.5 million insect species worldwide and only one-fifth of these have been named and described … Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, but they are also the most underappreciated and understudied.”

Tweed and co-authors Lauren G. Ashman and Adam Ślipiński have published an academic paper on the new beetle titled, Excastra albopilosa, a remarkable new genus and species of Lamiinae (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from southeastern Queensland, Australia.

Binna Burra Lodge Chair, Steve Noakes said the site had been home to many scientific endeavours. 

“Binna Burra Lodge is delighted to continue its support of a wide variety of fascinating scientific projects, and this discovery of a new genus of beetle is another in a long line of amazing discoveries on the site,” he said.