Chinnocks Jewel Beetle
Metallic Jewel Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae)|
|Species:||Metallic Jewel Beetle (Melobasis sp)|
|This Photo:||Elytra Ridges|
Thank you Allen Sundholm OAM for helping with the identification of this species
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
They quickly dropped off the bush onto the ground when felt threatened.
Seems to have a metalic blue body.
We Found 4 in two Senna bushes during the day in Sept. The 2 we caught varied a size a bit, between ~12-14mm.
We thought this was Melobasis propinqua but Allen indicated that there are several similar species requiring microscopic examination to separate to species. He also said "Melobasis propinqua does not have the distinct costae on the elytra, is more rounded generally, and is much more hirsute ventrally".