Red & Blue Flower Beetle
Female: posterior
Zebra Pintail Beetle
Red & Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Red & Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius sp)
This Photo:     Female: Ventral
Other names: Pollen Beetle or Red and Blue Flower 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 © 2021-2022 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.