Notched-leg Red & Blue Flower Beetle
S3, Female: posterior
Zebra Pintail Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Notched-leg Red & Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius cinctus)|
|This Photo:||S3, Female: ventral|
|Other names:||Pollen Beetle or Red and Blue Flower Beetle|
Thank you Gabriele Franzini for identifying and 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
~4 - 6mm 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"
D. cinctus can be recognised by a notch in the fore-femur of males (which our females don't have)
Interestingly we have found both male & female Dicranolaius bellulus, but we have only found females of this species.
We photographed 4 females in Jan & Mar.