Metallic Jewel Beetle
Hairy Face
Ellura
Metallic Jewel Beetle
Pronotum Punctuations
 
    
Metallic Jewel Beetle (Melobasis sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae)
Species: Metallic Jewel Beetle (Melobasis sp)
This Photo:     Pronotum Shape

Thank you Allen Sundholm OAM for helping with the identification of this species

Thank you Stephan Gottwald for confirming 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".
Stephan said "I think nervosa species-group"

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Sep-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.