Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis sp. Broad green  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: ignipicta
Melobasis sp. Broad green   Adult images
Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL3407, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL3407, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL3407, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL3407, male, from Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL3407, male, on Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana, SE, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, female, SE, (reared from pupa), 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, female, SE, (reared from pupa), 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, female, SE, (reared from pupa), 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, female, SE, (reared from pupa), 9.6 × 3.6 mm
Actual
size¹:
9.7 mm
×
3.6 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L19.9
n = 19.6
n = 1
L29.2
n = 1
W3.7
n = 13.5
n = 1
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

Currently known from mallee heath habitat in the northern part of the SE Region and the extreme south of the MU Region in SA, however, it seems likely that this species would also occur in Victoria and possibly other eastern States.

B. Levey (pers. comm., Jul. 2020) considers that this may be M. ignicollis or something closely related to it.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  MUSE
Australian States:  SA+VIC?
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 sp. Broad green  (total of 1 beetles)
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 1 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 1
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Allocasuarina muelleriana ssp. muelleriana11SEC
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 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on plant (unspecified)11
Melobasis sp. Broad green Breeding record images
Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4196, larva, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula (PJL 3320), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 23 mm long, 23.1 × 3.8 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4215B, larva, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula (PJL 3335), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, (dead adult PL4214A above), 25.0 × 4.8 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4215B, larva, from Correa reflexa var. scabridula (PJL 3335), dorsal side, SE, 25.0 × 4.8 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4215B, larva, from Correa reflexa var. scabridula (PJL 3335), ventral side, SE, 25.0 × 4.8 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4215B, larva, SE, dorsal side, 25.0 × 4.8 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4215B, larva, SE, ventral side, 25.0 × 4.8 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4025, larva, SE, 25.0 × 3.3 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4025, larva, from Correa reflexa var. scabridula stem, SE, 25.0 × 3.3 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4178A, larva, from Correa reflexa var. scabridula (PJL 3305) stem base, dorsal side, SE, 24.8 × 4.2 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4117B, larva, from Correa reflexa ssp. scabridula (PJL 3294) stem, SE, 23.6 × 4.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4117B, larva, from Correa reflexa ssp. scabridula (PJL 3294) stem, SE, 23.6 × 4.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4117B, larva, from Correa reflexa ssp. scabridula (PJL 3294) stem, SE, 23.6 × 4.7 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, pupa, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula, stem base, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, pupa, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula, stem base, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, pupa, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula, stem base, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4282, female, reared adult, from Correa reflexa var. scabridula, SE, shown on larval host, 9.6 × 3.6 mm Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4213, dead non-emerged adult, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula, (PJL 3334), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4213, dead non-emerged adult, in Correa reflexa var. scabridula, (PJL 3334), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, halves of split stem, pronotum on RHS Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4213, dead non-emerged adult, from Correa reflexa ssp. scabridula, (PJL 3334), SE Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4214A, dead non-emerged adult, in Correa reflexa ssp. scabridula (PJL 3335), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4214A, dead non-emerged adult, from Correa reflexa var. scabridula, (PJL 3335), SE Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4279, dead non-emerged adult, in Correa reflexa ssp. scabridula, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Melobasis sp. Broad green, PL4213, larval host plant, host Correa reflexa var. scabridula (PJL 3334), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski
Larval host plant
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult deadadult ex pupapupalarva
Correa reflexa var. scabridula176MU, SER41111
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
R Rutaceae 17 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult deadadult ex pupapupalarva
stem base1043115
stem7416
Host plant notes

The adult and larval host records of this species were discovered by A.M.P. Stolarski.

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.