Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis aurocyanea   Carter, 1937
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: thoracica
Melobasis aurocyanea   Adult images
Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1481, female, on Acacia rigens, EP Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1481, female, on Acacia rigens, EP Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1488A, female, on Acacia rigens, EP, 11.5 × 3.9 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1487, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.9 × 3.0 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1487, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.9 × 3.0 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1487, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.9 × 3.0 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1499, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.3 × 2.8 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1499, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.3 × 2.8 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1487, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.9 × 3.0 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1499, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.3 × 2.8 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1499, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.3 × 2.8 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1499, male, on Acacia rigens, EP, 8.3 × 2.8 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1488B, female, on Acacia rigens, EP Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1481, female, on Acacia rigens, EP Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1488B, female, on Acacia rigens, EP Melobasis aurocyanea, PL0022, female, from Acacia wilhelmiana, EP, 8.3 × 3.1 mm Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1488, adult host plant, host Acacia rigens, EP Melobasis aurocyanea, PL1481, adult host plant, host Acacia rigens, EP
Actual
size¹:
9.0 mm
×
3.1 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L18.6
8.3 – 8.9
n = 29.3
8.25 – 11.45
n = 3
L28.3
8 – 8.65
n = 29.6
8 – 11.1
n = 2
W2.9
2.8 – 3
n = 23.3
2.8 – 3.9
n = 3
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
Distribution
SA Regions¹:  EP
Australian States:  WASA
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 Melobasis aurocyanea  (total of 12 beetles)
6
4
2
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 4 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 4
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 rigens63EPF
Acacia euthycarpa22EPF
Acacia sp.21EPF
Acacia ancistrophylla var. lissophylla11EPF
Acacia wilhelmiana11EPF
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 12 100% 4
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)21
on flowering plant64
on foliage or non-flowering plant43
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.