Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania leucosticta   (Kirby, 1818)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania  species group: leucosticta
Diphucrania leucosticta   Adult images
Diphucrania leucosticta, PL2285, male, on Acacia euthycarpa, MU Diphucrania leucosticta, PL3003B, female, on Acacia euthycarpa, MU Diphucrania leucosticta, PL3003B, female, on Acacia euthycarpa, MU Diphucrania leucosticta, PL3012, male, on Acacia euthycarpa, MU Diphucrania leucosticta, PL1806, male, on Acacia wattsiana, NL Diphucrania leucosticta, PL1806, male, on Acacia wattsiana, NL Diphucrania leucosticta, DAY188, KI, 13.7 × 5.3 mm Diphucrania leucosticta, DAY189, KI, 11.9 × 4.4 mm Diphucrania leucosticta, DAY188, DAY189, KI
Actual
size¹:
14.0 mm
×
5.4 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L113.4
12.6 – 13.9
n = 414.6
13.55 – 15.4
n = 4
L213.0
12.35 – 13.55
n = 313.7
13.33 – 14.1
n = 2
W5.1
4.7 – 5.3
n = 45.7
5.25 – 6.1
n = 4
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
Notes

A late-emerging Diphucrania species. Carter 1923a described Cisseis leucosticta (as it was then known), as 'perhaps the most widely distributed Cisseis in Australia, found in every state on Acacia foliage'.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  EPNLMUYPSLKISE
Australian States:  WASAVICNSWQLD
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Diphucrania leucosticta  (total of 34 beetles)
1
3 2 2 5
2 3
13 1 1
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 2 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 2
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 pycnantha127FR, MU, SL, SEF
Acacia euthycarpa82EP, MUF
Acacia uncifolia83EP, KIF
Acacia sp.33LE, MU, SLF
Acacia nematophylla11YPF
Acacia wattsiana11NLF
Choretrum glomeratum11KIS
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 33 97% 5
S Santalaceae 1 3% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant209
on plant (unspecified)149
Host plant notes

Adults have been recorded from a handful of different Acacia species in SA. Tepper 1887 stated that the 'caterpillars [sic] live in the heartwood of the Golden Wattle' [=Acacia pycnantha].

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.