Red and Blue Flower Beetle
Female: profile
Red and Blue Flower Beetle
Female: profile
Red and Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae)
Species: Red and Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius sp)
This Photo:     Female: dorsal
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. We have found these feeding on saltbush flowers
We thought this was Dicranolaius bellulus
Thomas said "lack of red elytral tips should eliminate bellulus"
Interestingly we have found both male & female Dicranolaius bellulus, we have only found females of this species.

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Jan-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.