Wrinkled-wing Flower Beetle
S1, Male, dorsal
Zebra Pintail Beetle
Wrinkled-wing Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius rugulipennis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Wrinkled-wing Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius rugulipennis)
This Photo:     S1, Male, profile
Other names: Pollen Beetle or Red and Blue Flower Beetle

Thank you Boris Büche for identifying and Gabriele Franzini for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line
2nd Record in SA on Atlas:

~5mm long.
We thought this was D. bellulus but Boris indicated the pattern of red & blue are important, and this has the wrong pattern.
Boris then said (in relation to the pronotum pattern/marks) "Marks may take about half of pronotum; half of anteriour legs yellowish, etc."

Copyright © 2020-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Oct-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.