African Black Beetle

Scientific Name: Heteronychus arator

Order: Coleoptera


Larvae are a White to creamy-white, soft bodied curl grub up to 25mm long. Three sets of legs with a hard, light brown head capsule. Mature/adult beetles are shiny jet-black scarab beetle up to 15mm long with serrated front legs.

Biology and Lifecycle

The female beetle can lay up to 80 eggs that hatch in 2-5 weeks, depending on temperature the larvae develop through 3 stages. The first instar feeds on decaying organic matter, and as they grow they begin feeding on plant roots. The fully grown larvae (3rd instar) are about 25mm long, creamy white in colour, curled up with 3 pairs of legs. When the larvae are fully grown they build an oval chamber, empty the hind gut and become a pre-pupae. After about a week the pre-pupae develop into pupae. The pupae develop into adult beetles after 1-3 months and emerge after rain or irrigation.

Products to Use African Black Beetle

Quali-Pro Twister


Quali-Pro Twister is a highly effective insecticide for robust knockdown and residual control of Argentine Stem Weevil, Billbug and African Black Beetle in turf. Formulated as…

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Tetrino Turf Insecticide controls insect pets in turf including on golf courses, sports fields, bowling greens, race tracks, recreational lawns and…

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Acelepryn GR (Granule)


Outstanding season long grub control just got even better Acelepryn insecticide provides unmatched, season long grub and caterpillar control in a single…

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Tempo XTRA

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Tempo XTRA is a unique dual mode of action insecticide designed to control tough pests in Turf and Ornamental situations. In Turf,…

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Spinner turf insecticide is a highly systemic insecticide providing rapid control of insect larvae and including Stem Weevil. Spinner can be used…

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Pride 2 sizes

Pride insecticide contains the active constituent of 200g/L Imidacloprid. Pride’s systemic action provides control of a range of insect pests in turf…

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Pennside containing the active constituent 240g/L Diazinon, provides effective control against Argentine Stem Weevil, African Black Beetle, Grass Eating Caterpillars and…

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Meridian new

Meridian insecticide is a water dispersible granule that provides effective control on a wide variety of insects and grubs, killing through…

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Columbus 10L cropped

Columbus is an excellent translaminar and systemic insecticide. Columbus insecticide has contact, stomach and systemic activity, for the effective control of…

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Acelepryn provides safe and effective control of a wide range of turf damaging insects while also minimising the impact on the…

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