Red & Blue Flower Beetle
Male: profile
Ellura
Red & Blue Flower Beetle
Female: dorsal
 
                      
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:     Female: profile
Other names: Pollen Beetle or Red and Blue Flower Beetle

Thank you Gabriele Franzini for helping with 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.

Copyright © 2016-2022 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.