Onitis caffer

Caffere Neutral
Caffer Female
Caffer Leg
15–20 mm
shiny black, with pronotumnearly as long as wing covers
none, but males have serrations on hind femur
Flight time
dusk and dawn
Yearly Activity
autumn-early winter. A winter rainfall strain may become ac- tive again in spring.

WA, NSW, southeast QLD

Similar Species

Black colour and stocky shape of O. caffer is different from related species. Also, serrations on hind leg of male are unique; related species have one or two spurs on hind leg.

Presence in Australia


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