Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania rubicunda   (Kerremans, 1898)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania rubicunda   Adult images
Diphucrania rubicunda, PL4120A, female, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.2 × 3.0 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL4120A, female, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.2 × 3.0 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL0333, female, on Hysterobaeckea behrii, MU, 6.3 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL0359, male, on Exocarpos sparteus, MU, 5.7 × 2.3 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL3412D, male, SE, 6.4 × 2.3 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL0333, female, on Hysterobaeckea behrii, MU, 6.3 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL0333, female, on Hysterobaeckea behrii, MU, 6.3 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL4120A, female, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.2 × 3.0 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL4120A, female, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 7.2 × 3.0 mm Diphucrania rubicunda, PL0359, male, from Exocarpos sparteus, MU, 5.7 × 2.3 mm
Actual
size¹:
6.0 mm
×
2.5 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L15.7
4.9 – 6.4
n = 176.5
5.1 – 7.3
n = 14
L25.8
5.3 – 6.1
n = 76.5
5.85 – 7.2
n = 9
W2.3
2 – 2.55
n = 172.7
2.05 – 3.05
n = 14
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

Common and widely distributed in mallee vegetation on sandy sols.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  EPNLMUSLSE
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 rubicunda  (total of 90 beetles)
1 2 12
3 5 18
8 5 15
11 1
9
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 8 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 8
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
Hysterobaeckea behrii277EP, MU, SEM
Acacia euthycarpa192EP, MUF
Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana154MU, SL, SEC
Exocarpos sparteus83EP, MUS
Eucalyptus socialis81EPM
Acacia pycnantha53MU, SEF
Acacia sp.32SLF
Eucalyptus dumosa21EPM
Acacia calamifolia11FRF
Eucalyptus oleosa11EPM
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 38 43% 4
F Fabaceae 28 31% 3
C Casuarinaceae 15 17% 1
S Santalaceae 8 9% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)42
on flowering plant268
on foliage or non-flowering plant5010
on plant (unspecified)94
Host plant notes

This Diphucrania species is atypical in the wide variety of adult host plants on which it is recorded, and also in the preponderance of records indicating a special association with flowering Silver Broombush Hysterobaeckea behrii.

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.