Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania cupreola   (Barker, 2001)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania cupreola   Adult images
Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL2933B, female, on Acacia pycnantha, MU, 6.6 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania cupreola, PL1037A, female, MU, 6.6 × 2.6 mm Diphucrania cupreola, PL1037B, male, MU, 6.0 × 2.4 mm Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL2940A, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL1037A, PL1037B, female and male, MU
Actual
size¹:
5.9 mm
×
2.3 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L15.7
4.5 – 6.6
n = 216.3
5 – 7.15
n = 10
L25.8
4.95 – 6.45
n = 86.0
4.85 – 7
n = 4
W2.2
1.8 – 2.6
n = 212.4
2 – 2.8
n = 9
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
Diphucrania cupreola  Distinctive features

Head, pronotum and scutellum coppery; scutellum with a few puncta; elytra black with white scale-hair patches.

Notes

Occurrences in MU region are located on the eastern edge of the Mt Lofty Ranges. Forms collected here approach D. adusta in their smaller size and more subdued colouration and the separation of these species needs further investigation.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  EPFRMU
Australian States:  SANSWQLD
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 Diphucrania cupreola  (total of 26 beetles)
1
7 18
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 7 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 7
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
Acacia pycnantha251MUF
Melaleuca uncinata11EPM
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
F Fabaceae 25 96% 1
M Myrtaceae 1 4% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant262
Diphucrania cupreola Breeding record images
Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880B, dead non-emerged adult, in Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem base, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880A, male, dead non-emerged adult, in Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem, NL Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880A, male, dead non-emerged adult, in Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem, NL Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880A, male, dead non-emerged adult, from Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880A, dead non-emerged adult, in Eutaxia diffusa stem, NL Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880B, female, dead non-emerged adult, from Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem, MU Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880C, male, dead non-emerged adult, from Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem base, MU, 6.6 × 2.6 mm Diphucrania cupreola, PL3880D, female, dead non-emerged adult, from Eutaxia diffusa (PJL 3159) stem base, MU, 7.2 × 2.8 mm
Larval host plant
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult deadlarva
Eutaxia diffusa201MUF191
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
F Fabaceae 20 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult deadlarva
stem201191
Host plant notes

Having netted adults on foliage of Acacia pycnantha in four different years on a hilltop in the northern Mt Lofty Ranges, I eventually found it to be breeding there, with 19 dead adults (or remains thereof) extracted from the base of a single old Large-leaf Eutaxia Eutaxia diffusa bush.

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.