Royal Park has five different ecosystems offering an unusually great biodiversity of plants and insects. It is rich in insects, with over 5000 species identified to date. Among them some can be considered as iconic due to their beauty, rarity, or the influence they have in maintaining a special natural biocontrol inside the Park. Much recent work has been undertaken by retired entomologist, Roch Desmier de Chenon. Examples of the species he has found are:

Jewel Bug
Scutiphora pedicellata (Kirby), Heteroptera Scutelleridae
Metallic Shield Bug, Christmas Jewel of Royal Park
Jewel Bug


Opodiphthera eucalypti (Scott), Lepidoptera Saturniidae
The Emperor Gum Moth
Emperor Gum Moth Caterpillar

Chaulignathus lugubris (F.), Coleoptera Cantharidae
“Plague” Soldier Beetle. Very effective biocontrol agent of many pests in the park

Chryptocheilus bicolor (F.), Hymenoptera, Pompilidae Pepsinae
Spider Wasp Hunter of the Huntsman Spider

Anteon sp. Hymenoptera Dryinidae
Very rare or new species in Victoria, ectoparasitoid wasp on Hemiptera

CicadellidaeTartessinae, the Yellow headed leafhopper on Eucalyptus Brunotartessus

Pergagrapta gravenhorstii (West.), Hymenoptera Symphyta Pergidae
Sawfly very uncommon

Anestia ombrophanes Meyrick, Lepidoptera Arctiidae Lithosiinae Clouded Footman Moth

Some iconic spiders he has found and identified include:

Spiny Spider Austracantha minax

Golden Silk Orb-weaves Nephelia ed

Bird-dropping Spider Celaenia excavataulis

Huntsman Spider Delena cancerides



Royal Park is a valuable recreation place for people but it is also a significant biodiversity site and provides opportunities for research activities into its flora and fauna for biological scientists and students.

It also provides the opportunity for other interested people and groups to learn more by participating in insect surveys run by the Friends or through City of Melbourne’s biannual BioBlitz.



Contact Us

Post: Friends of Royal Park, Parkville Inc

PO Box 197, Parkville VIC 3052



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Friends of Royal Park meet every 2 months, usually at the Walmsley House (Australian Native Gardens), 161 Gatehouse St, Parkville.  Melway 2B B4.  Tram No. 19

Our next meeting is the Annual General Meeting for 2017.  The AGM will be held on Tuesday 3rd October, at 7.30 PM in the Walmsley House (see directions above).  Our Guest Speaker will be Farley Connelly, Ph D Candidate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Melbourne.  The topic of his talk will be "Magpies".   


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