Small Metallic Jewel Beetle
Metallic Jewel Beetle
Hairy Face
Metallic Jewel Beetle (Melobasis sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Jewel Beetle (Buprestidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Metallic Jewel Beetle (Melobasis sp)
This Photo:     🔍Elytra Ridges🔎

Thank you Mark Hura, Stephan Gottwald , Dr Peter Lang & Joel DuBois for confirming and Allen Sundholm OAM for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~12 to 14mm long.
They quickly dropped off the bush onto the ground when felt threatened.
Seems to have a metallic blue body.
We thought this was Melobasis propinqua but Allen indicated that there are several similar species requiring microscopic examination to separate to species. He also said "Melobasis propinqua does not have the distinct costae on the elytra, is more rounded generally, and is much more hirsute ventrally".
Stephan said "I think nervosa species-group".
Peter said "I think that this is the species that I treat as Melobasis sp. Senna on my website": Buprestidae of South Australia
As you can see, this Stephan's comment that it belongs in the nervosa species-group.
We Found 4 in two Senna artemisioides bushes during the day in Sept.

Copyright © 2020-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Sep-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.