Red & Blue Flower Beetle
S1, Female, anterior
Notched-leg Red & Blue Flower Beetle
S3, Female: dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Soft-winged Flower Beetle (Melyridae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Red & Blue Flower Beetle (Dicranolaius bellulus)|
|This Photo:||S1, Female, posterior|
|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
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.