Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania minutissima   (Thomson, 1879)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania minutissima   Adult images
Diphucrania minutissima, PL0176A, on Calytrix tetragona, SL Diphucrania minutissima, PL0176A, on Calytrix tetragona, SL Diphucrania minutissima, PL0176A, on Calytrix tetragona, SL Diphucrania minutissima, PL0464, male, from Calytrix tetragona, SL, 3.9 × 1.6 mm Diphucrania minutissima, SL, PL0011A & B & C Diphucrania minutissima, PL1590, adult host plant, host Calytrix tetragona, SL
3.8 mm
1.5 mm
Measurements (mm)
2.6 – 4.2
n = 164.0
3.25 – 4.6
n = 12
2.6 – 4.15
n = 93.8
3.2 – 4.55
n = 7
1.1 – 1.8
n = 161.6
1.35 – 1.9
n = 12
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 minutissima  Distinctive features

The smallest of the SA Diphucrania species, with bronze to greenish colouration and weak scale-hair patches.

Australian States:  WASAVIC
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 minutissima  (total of 82 beetles)
3 1
14 10 2 10
9 10 16
3 2
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 9 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 9
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Calytrix tetragona439FR, NL, MU, SL, SEM
Leptospermum myrsinoides74SL, SEM
Calytrix involucrata51EPM
Leptospermum coriaceum44EP, SEM
Homoranthus wilhelmii31EPM
Hysterobaeckea behrii32MU, SEM
Banksia marginata21SLP
Dillwynia sericea21SLF
Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana11SLC
Eucalyptus incrassata11SEM
Leptospermum continentale11SLM
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
M Myrtaceae 67 93% 8
F Fabaceae 2 3% 1
P Proteaceae 2 3% 1
C Casuarinaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)296
on flowering plant3210
on foliage or non-flowering plant11
on plant (unspecified)95
  on stems11
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
Host plant notes

Unlike the majority of Diphucrania species which are leaf-eating beetles found on foliage, adults of D. minutissima are usually found feeding in flowers of the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and mostly commonly in those of the Fringe-myrtles Calytrix.

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.