Beetles taking over Moreton Bay

BEETLES have taken over the southeast, including every nook and cranny on the Peninsula.

Queensland Museum senior curator of insects Dr Chris Burwell said nobody knew for sure where the influx of native three-punctured diving beetles had come from.

“They’re aquatic beetles that live in lakes, ponds and temporary streams of water,’’ he said.

“We’ve had one of the wettest summers on record, so in every depression in the ground they have been building up into a larger population. Now that those pools are starting to dry up, we think rather than dying, the beetles are leaving.’‘

Dr Burwell said the predatory beetles, which are about 2cm in size, could fly long distances at night and were attracted to lights. “They’re dispersing at night, trying to find a new home,’’ he said.

The entomologist added the beetles were attracted to light because it resembled the moon shining off water and therefore people might find them near street lights.

He said there had reports of large quantities of the beetles from Noosa to the Gold Coast.

“I have never seen anything like it in my 20 years as an entomologist,’’ he said.


Ezekiel 33:27 “Tell them this: This is what the Lord GOD says: As surely as I live, those who are in the ruins will fall by the sword, those in the open field I have given to wild animals to be devoured, and those in the strongholds and caves will die by plague.”

Ezekiel 38:22 “I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him.”

Habakkuk 3:5 “Plague goes before Him, and pestilence follows in His steps.”