Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania scabiosa   (Boisduval, 1835)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania scabiosa   Adult images
Diphucrania scabiosa, PL1182, female, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.0 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania scabiosa, PL1182, female, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.0 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania scabiosa, PL1184, male, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.6 × 3.0 mm Diphucrania scabiosa, female and male, from Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, PL1185 & PL1184 Diphucrania scabiosa, PL1182, female, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.0 × 2.7 mm Diphucrania scabiosa, PL1182, female, on Allocasuarina verticillata, SL, 7.0 × 2.7 mm
Actual
size¹:
7.5 mm
×
2.9 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L17.5
n = 17.4
7 – 7.8
n = 2
W3.0
n = 12.9
2.65 – 3.1
n = 2
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 scabiosa  Distinctive features

Similar to D. aenigma, but larger and more elongate and the elytra have smaller and more numerous irregular white hair-scale patches and reddish margins in their posterior quarters. Head, pronotum and scutellum copper in females, green in males.

Notes

This species is allied to D. aenigma. It is an eastern species with a disjunct and very small localised occurrence in SA.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  SL
Australian States:  SANSWQLD
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 scabiosa  (total of 5 beetles)
2 3
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 3 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 3
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
Allocasuarina verticillata31SLC
Acacia pycnantha21SLF
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
C Casuarinaceae 3 60% 1
F Fabaceae 2 40% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant41
on plant (unspecified)11
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
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