Black Stag Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Clown Beetle (Histeridae)|
|Species:||Clown Beetle (Saprinus sp)|
|This Photo:||S1: Ventral|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very metallic blue/green back/elytra and metallic yellow/gold shield/pronotum.
Quite small @ 5.5 to 7mm, with large mandibles, for it's size, and wide legs clearly used for digging. Club like antennae. Notice the body is covered in scores & pits almost sculptured; these are the same on all speciemens so conclude they are not damage marks.
The dirt on specimen four (S4) highlights the edge of the elytra & rear wings quite well.
We have found 6 specimens in May, August, September & December.