Lycid Beetle
Red and Blue Flower Beetle
Red and Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae)
Species: Red and Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius sp)
This Photo:     Bent
Other name: Pollen Beetle

Thank you Thomas Mesaglio for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~5mm long. Males have a cup on their antennae near the base.
We thought this was Dicranolaius bellulus
Thomas said "lack of red elytral tips should eliminate bellulus"

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.