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What do Christmas beetles eat?

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Christmas beetles eat eucalyptus leaves. When found in large populations, they can clean out entire trees. The Christmas beetle larvae eat grass roots.

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What do Christmas beetles eat?
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Christmas beetles are insects that are native to the continent of Australia. They are called Christmas beetles because they emerge during the Christmas season. They are found in the southern part of Australia and reside in forests and woodlands.

There are a total of 35 different Christmas beetle species. Christmas beetles can be identified by their bright colors. They are very similar to flower chafers. Christmas beetles range in size from a half-inch to 1 inch long.

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