Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata   Saunders, 1876
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: nervosa
Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata   Adult images
Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL0729B, female, on Acacia calamifolia, NL Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL0729B, female, on Acacia calamifolia, NL Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL0729B, female, on Acacia calamifolia, NL Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL0729B, female, on Acacia calamifolia, NL Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL3055A, male, from A, FR, 15.8 × 4.8 mm Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL3056A, male, on Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae, FR, 15.6 × 4.8 mm Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL3056A, male, on Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae, FR, 15.6 × 4.8 mm Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL0729B, female, on Acacia calamifolia, NL Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata, PL0729B, female, on Acacia calamifolia, NL
Actual
size¹:
15.3 mm
×
4.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L115.8
15.6 – 16
n = 314.5
13.6 – 15.4
n = 2
L215.2
15.1 – 15.3
n = 313.2
n = 1
W4.9
4.8 – 5
n = 34.5
4.35 – 4.75
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
Distribution
SA Regions¹:  FREAEPNLMUSL
Australian States:  SANTNSWVIC
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 cupreovittata cupreovittata  (total of 27 beetles)
1
3 7 2 4
6 2
1
1
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 victoriae ssp. victoriae128FR, EP, NLF
Acacia calamifolia53FR, MUF
Acacia sp.31EPF
Hakea sp.21FRP
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 20 91% 2
P Proteaceae 2 9% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)42
on flowering plant21
on foliage or non-flowering plant147
on plant (unspecified)11
other
  on stems11
Host plant notes

Adults are strongly associated with Elegant Wattle Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae and it is postulated that this is probably a larval host plant also.

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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