Flour Beetle
S2, anterior
Transparent Pie-dish Beetle
Flour Beetle (Tribolium cf sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Flour Beetle (Tribolium cf sp)
This Photo:     S2, ventral

Thank you Mark Hura for identifying and Karen Weaving for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~3 to ~3.5mm long.
Mark id'ed this to a Darkling Beele (Tenebrionidae family), and said "Looks like Tribolium sp. - common pests in grain/flour etc. I'm not that familiar with the tribe"
When we then looked into it, at first it seemed like an exact match. We thought the "dozer" like face would be quite unique, but we discovered a number of tribes exhibit this feature. Species such as Lorelus pubipennis look similar, along with members of the tribe Cnemeplatiini.
So with-out microscopic inspection & possibly dissection we aren't able to be sure of this id.
Without an exact id, it's also hard to be confident of it's origins/native status. Possibly native to the region; or a regional introduction from wetter environs.

Copyright © 2020-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Mar-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.