Brown Ant-like Flower Beetle
Brown Ant-like Flower Beetle
Brown Ant-like Flower Beetle (Chileanthicus sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthicidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Brown Ant-like Flower Beetle (Chileanthicus sp)
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Thank you Augusto Degiovanni for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
At only ~3.5mm these are very small beetles and easily confused with ants to the naked eye.
Notice the interesting rear leg spurs; they can only be seen at certain angles.
Augusto also said "This genus was created by Werner 1966, before the species of this new genus were inserted in the Formicomus = Anthelephila. In 2009, Kejval revised the genus where in addition to having redescribed existing species, he also described 30 new species many of them from Australia."

Copyright © 2019-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Oct-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.