Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Dinocephalia thoracica   (Kerremans, 1900)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  unplaced
Dinocephalia thoracica   Adult images
Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4153, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.4 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4153, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.4 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4153, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.4 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL0648, SL, 7.7 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL0648, male, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.7 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL0648, male, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.7 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL0648, male, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.7 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL0648, male, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.7 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4153, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.4 × 2.6 mm Dinocephalia thoracica, PL0648, adult host plant, host Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.7 × 2.6 mm
Actual
size¹:
6.8 mm
×
2.5 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L16.6
5.95 – 7.7
n = 88.4
n = 1
L26.4
5.9 – 7.25
n = 78.2
n = 1
W2.4
2.05 – 2.7
n = 83.0
n = 1
Legend  L1length from clypeus/frons to elytral apex (mean, range, sample size)
L2length from anterior of edge of eyes to elytral apex
Wmaximum width with elytra fully closed
Distribution
SA Regions¹:  SLKISE
Australian States:  WASATASVICNSWQLD
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
Terrain map
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Adult activity records for Dinocephalia thoracica  (total of 7 beetles)
1
6
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 6 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 6
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana61SEC
Allocasuarina verticillata11SLC
Legendbeetlescount of beetles collected from, or sighted on, host plant taxon
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
C Casuarinaceae 7 100% 2
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant62
other
  stem11
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
blue11SE
bright green11SE
Dinocephalia thoracica Breeding record images
Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4185, dead non-emerged adult, in Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana (PJL 3310) stem base exit hole, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4269A, dead non-emerged adult, from Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana (PJL 3359) root crown, SE Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4269A, dead non-emerged adult, SE, associated leg remains (dorsal & ventral views) Dinocephalia thoracica, PL4269A, dead non-emerged adult, SE, after cleaning (with 3 views of head & pronotum)
Larval host plant
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult dead
Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana52SEC5
Legendindividualscount of breeding adults, pupae and larvae
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
adultlive = extracted alive;   dead = extracted dead as intact or fragmentary remains;   ex billet = reared and emerged from stored sections of host;   ex pupa = reared from sampled pupa
pupaextracted pupa;   pupa ex larva = reared pupa from larva
larvaextracted larva (any stage including prepupa)
gall (only)hatched or unhatched gall identified by form and position rather than contents
Plant family
Code individuals % host plant taxa
C Casuarinaceae 5 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult dead
root crown414
stem base111
Host plant notes

A.M.P. Stolarski is the discoverer of the breeding records for this species.

¹ LegendregionsSA State Herbarium regions (map)
EA: Eastern, EP: Eyre Peninsula, FR: Flinders Ranges, GT: Gairdner-Torrens, KI: Kangaroo Island, LE: Lake Eyre, MU: Murray, NL: Northern Lofty, NU: Nullarbor, NW: North-Western, SE: South-Eastern, SL: Southern Lofty, YP: Yorke Peninsula
sizeThe ellipse is the correct size when printed, indicative on a desktop screen, and likely to be wrong on a mobile device.