Metallic Jewel Beetle
Metallic Blue Body
Ellura
Soldier Beetle
Mating, profile
 
    
Giant Jewel Beetle (Temognatha heros)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae)
Species: Giant Jewel Beetle (Temognatha heros)
This Photo:     Headless Shell

Thank you Martin Lagerwey for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A huge beetle, the biggest we've ever seen. Unfortunately the only specimen we've been able to photograph was dead and missing it's head, as shown here. The remnants were 50mm long. The head isn't very long, but they are reported to be 60-80mm long.
This specimen was found on 20 Jan 2016.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Jan-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.