Three-ribbed Lycid Beetle
S2, Female, ventral
Red & Blue Flower Beetle
S1, Female, profile
Red & Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius bellulus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Red & Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius bellulus)
This Photo:     S1, Female, dorsal
Other names: Pollen Beetle or Red and Blue Flower Beetle

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~5mm long.
Males have a cup on their antennae near the base.
Notice the red elytral tips here.
These are one of those species that most of this family have been dropped into by ameteurs. But Boris did a review of the group on iNaturalist (& shared the 2017 review by Liu,Slipinski & Pang) to separate them all into their proper names.

Copyright © 2016-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Oct-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.