Green Sheen Ground Beetle
Bidentate Anterior Tibia
Ellura
Green Sheen Ground Beetle
Head, profile
 
    
Green Sheen Ground Beetle (Conopterum superbum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ground Beetle (Carabidae)
Species: Green Sheen Ground Beetle (Conopterum superbum)
This Photo:     Face

Thank you Mark Hura for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Normally we find so much of our wildlife is tiny. It makes sence that to survive in our harsh semi-arid environment "tiny" means less resources required to thrive.
AND THEN we get a whopper like this! A staggeringly large beetle at about 32mm long! That's 8, yes folks EIGHT, times bigger than the Bulbous Antennae Clerid Beetle we just published ....
Mark said "They are fairly widespread right across the Mallee areas from Eyre Peninsula through to Victoria."

Copyright © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Nov-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.