Where Are All the Christmas Beetles?

December 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    5th December 2023
  • ISBN 9781486317905
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.84" x 9.84"
  • Images color illus throughout

Sparkling, brightly colored Christmas beetles usually appear in the heat of December – a sign that the festive season has begun.

But recently they have been hard to find. We aren’t seeing them in the eucalyptus trees, or dancing around lights at night. These shimmering, shiny beetles are disappearing from our summers. Where have they gone?

Where Are All the Christmas Beetles? takes us on a lyrical discovery of these fascinating creatures and explores the possible reasons for their decrease in numbers.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 5 to 9.


  • Showcases the features and life cycle of Christmas beetles through engaging text and stunning illustrations.
  • Highlights the importance of looking out for creatures we may take for granted.
  • Discusses possible reasons for the decline in sightings of Christmas beetles.
  • Includes informative facts about Christmas beetles.

Suzanne Houghton

Suzanne Houghton is an award-winning author and illustrator of several books, including Wonderful Wasps and Life in a Hollow. She loves nothing more than to splash color on a page and bring joy to readers.

insects; pollinator