Giant Jewel Beetle
S3, Female, ventral
Orange-headed Soldier Beetle
S2, Male, dorsal
Orange-headed Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus granulatus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soldier Beetle (Cantharidae)
Species: Orange-headed Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus granulatus)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Female, dorsal🔎

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Notice the differences between the 2 species.
This one has broken black bands around the abdomen, the black marking on the back of the shield is quite different and it has orange legs (not black). This one also has orange head, not black.

Copyright © 2014-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.