I rescued this little creature from the birdbath recently. The poor thing was swimming on its back, all its legs bicycling in the air. I don’t know how it survived since it was in there while the rainbow lorikeets were having a bath, but I scooped it out with a piece of tree bark and left it on the veranda to dry off.
So it turns out this is a Mango Flower Beetle, also called a Mottled Flower Scarab.
These beetles are introduced to Australia and originate from Asia. They’re considered to be a pest but this is the first one I’ve ever seen.
These flower beetles love eating fruit and the nectar in flowers. Their only natural predator here in Australia is the kookaburra.
Apparently, these beetles have a neat little trick of “playing dead” when in danger so they can escape any predator that eats live prey.
An interesting little find in my backyard!