Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis obscurella   Thomson, 1879
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: obscurella
Melobasis obscurella   Adult images
Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, on Exocarpos cupressiformis, NL, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, NL, shown on Acacia pycnantha, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0723, female, on Acacia pycnantha, MU, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL1527, male, on Acacia euthycarpa, EP, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL2324C, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU Melobasis obscurella, PL2322A, male, from Acacia spilleriana, MU, 8.8 × 3.2 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, NL, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0724, female, from Acacia calamifolia, MU, 8.6 × 3.1 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL1033, female, from Acacia wattsiana, NL, 9.8 × 3.5 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL2324C, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU Melobasis obscurella, PL2322A, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU, 8.8 × 3.2 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL2323A, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU, 8.9 × 3.2 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL2323A, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU, 8.9 × 3.2 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL23223A, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU Melobasis obscurella, PL2324C, male, on Acacia spilleriana, MU Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, NL, shown Acacia pycnantha, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, NL, shown Acacia pycnantha, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, MU, feeding on Acacia pycnantha phyllode gland, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0722, female, MU, feeding on Acacia pycnantha phyllode gland, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL0723, female, on Acacia pycnantha, MU, feeding from gland, 10.3 × 3.7 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL1528A, male, on Acacia euthycarpa, EP, 8.2 × 3.0 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL1528A, male, on Acacia euthycarpa, EP, 8.2 × 3.0 mm Melobasis obscurella, PL2323, adult host plant, host Acacia spilleriana, MU
Actual
size¹:
8.9 mm
×
3.2 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L18.4
7.65 – 9.7
n = 109.6
8.55 – 10.7
n = 7
L210.5
n = 1
W3.0
2.75 – 3.45
n = 103.5
3.05 – 3.9
n = 7
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:  FREPNLMUYPSL
Australian States:  WANTSATASVICNSW
South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
Terrain map
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Adult activity records for Melobasis obscurella  (total of 76 beetles)
5
5 2 7
38 12 2
4
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 5 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 5
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 spilleriana201MUF
Acacia calamifolia175FR, MUF
Acacia sp.114NL, MUF
Acacia pycnantha73FR, NL, MU, SLF
Acacia rigens73EP, MUF
Acacia wattsiana51NLF
Acacia brachybotrya41NLF
Acacia euthycarpa31EPF
Acacia retinodes11SLF
Exocarpos cupressiformis11NLS
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 75 99% 8
S Santalaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)11
on flowering plant377
on foliage or non-flowering plant258
on plant (unspecified)135
Larval host plant
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult ex billet
Acacia spilleriana11MUF1
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 1 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult ex billet
dead stem111
Host plant notes

I reared a single adult female from billets cut from dead branches of Acacia spilleriana, one of its adult host plant species.

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.