Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania notulata   (Germar, 1848)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania notulata   Adult images
Diphucrania notulata, PL3671, female, on Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, MU, 10.1 × 3.5 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3671, female, on Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, MU, 10.1 × 3.5 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3672, female, on Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, MU, 5.7 × 1.5 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3740, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3759C, female, from Acacia pycnantha, MU, 7.2 × 2.9 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3759A, male, from Acacia pycnantha, MU, 6.7 × 2.8 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3740, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3740, male, on Acacia pycnantha, MU, 6.3 × 2.5 mm Diphucrania notulata, PL3671, female, on Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, MU, 10.1 × 3.5 mm
Actual
size¹:
7.0 mm
×
2.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L16.6
6.3 – 7.05
n = 57.4
7.1 – 8
n = 5
L26.5
6.15 – 6.95
n = 57.2
6.95 – 7.7
n = 5
W2.7
2.5 – 2.85
n = 52.9
2.85 – 3.1
n = 5
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 notulata  Distinctive features

Head, pronotum and ventral side dark silvery-grey to platinum-coloured; elytra mostly black with rather irregularly shaped white hair-scale patches; white hair-scales forming a prominent band on the on sides of the pronotum.

Notes

Occurrences in MU region are located on the eastern edge of the Mt Lofty Ranges. This species was only known in SA from early collections until it was rediscovered by R.V. Glatz in 2011 in the Barossa Hills.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  SLMU
Australian States:  WASATASVICNSW
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 notulata  (total of 14 beetles)
2
1 9
2
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 pycnantha61MUF
Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata61MUF
Callitris gracilis21MUC
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 12 86% 2
C Cupressaceae 2 14% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant121
on plant (unspecified)21
Diphucrania notulata Breeding record images
Diphucrania notulata, PL4088, larva, in Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, (PJL 3282) rootstock at 3 cm below ground, MU Diphucrania notulata, PL4088, larva, in Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, (PJL 3282) rootstock at 3 cm below ground, MU Diphucrania notulata, PL4088, larva, from Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, (PJL 3282) rootstock, MU Diphucrania notulata, PL4094, dead non-emerged adult, in Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, (PJL 3283) rootstock, MU Diphucrania notulata, PL4094, dead non-emerged adult, from Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, (PJL 3283) rootstock, MU Diphucrania notulata, larval host plant, host Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, rootstock with exit hole, MU Diphucrania notulata, larval host plant, host Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, rootstock with exit hole, MU Diphucrania notulata, larval host plant, host Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata, exit hole in rootstock, MU
Larval host plant
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult deadlarva
Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. incarnata101MUF64
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 10 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult deadlarva
root crown10164
Host plant notes

After initially finding numbers of adults on foliage of Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha, I targeted nearby bushes of Daviesia based on the report of Cowie 2001 who had found them in Tasmania sweeping another genus of native peas ( Dillwynia). This yielded a similar number of adults on the foliage of D. ulicifolia ssp. incarnata in two successive seasons, and I then established that they were a larval host after finding six dead adult remains and a larva in their bases.

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.