Enclosed Head Pie-dish Beetle
Transparent Pie-dish Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)|
|Species:||Transparent Pie-dish Beetle (Helea sp ES2)|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Like all Helea sp, this specimen also has an enclosed head.
It's quite unusual for Helea as it's brown plus has a transparent "shell".
We're not sure if the "brown fluff" is just plain dirt, or possibly excreted by the beetle as camouflage. Another possibility is cobweb from a tiny spider
This specimen was 22mm long including the flanges of the Elytra (rear shield / wing covers) and Prothorax (front shell), 18mm just the head & body without appendages.
There are a large number of described Helea sp, let alone undescribed.
We separate out the species based on the number of ridges, and smoothness of elytra (some can be very bumpy).
This specimen has 2 ridges starting at the front of the elytra stopping about 3/4's toward the rear, roughly where a 3rd middle ridge starts.