Definition of Christmas beetle in English:
Any of a number of South African or Australian cicadas or beetles that are abundant or noticeable during the summer.
- There are 35 species of Christmas beetles right across Australia, but most prefer the moister east and south easterly areas, especially near the coast.
- The life cycle of a Christmas beetle is from one to two years.
- I grew up in Melbourne in the 60s and 70s where Christmas beetles were iridescent.