Spiny Clerid Beetle
Ventral
Ellura
Variegated Clerid Beetle
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Variegated Clerid Beetle (Lemidia variegatus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Clerid Beetle (Cleridae)
Species: Variegated Clerid Beetle (Lemidia variegatus)
This Photo:     Dorsal
Synonym: Blaesiophthalmus variegatus

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~5.5mm long. Very Velvet Ant like with the naked eye, but on closer inspection with the camera we can see the antennae & body shape are quite different.
The whole upper aspect of the body is heavily punctuated. Underneath it is smooth and black. The pronotum has 2 small longitudinal ridges.
We found one specimen in April.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.