Alate (dropped it's wings)
Brown Ant-like Flower Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthicidae)|
|Species:||Brown Ant-like Flower Beetle (Chileanthicus sp)|
Thank you Augusto Degiovanni for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
At only ~3.5mm these are very small beetles and easily confused with ants to the naked eye.
Notice the interesting rear leg spurs; they can only be seen at certain angles.
Augusto also said "This genus was created by Werner 1966, before the species of this new genus were inserted in the Formicomus = Anthelephila. In 2009, Kejval revised the genus where in addition to having redescribed existing species, he also described 30 new species many of them from Australia."