Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis splendida (Grey form)  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: purpurascens
Melobasis splendida (Grey form)   Adult images
Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL4114, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 11.3 × 4.1 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL4114, female, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 11.3 × 4.1 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL3571, male, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 8.2 × 3.3 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL3571, male, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 8.2 × 3.3 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL3571, male, from Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 8.2 × 3.3 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL4114, female, from Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 11.3 × 4.1 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL4114, female, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 11.3 × 4.1 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL4114, female, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 11.3 × 4.1 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL3571, male, on Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 8.2 × 3.3 mm Melobasis splendida (Grey form), PL3571, male, from Beyeria lechenaultii, EP, 8.2 × 3.3 mm
Actual
size¹:
9.8 mm
×
3.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L18.2
n = 111.3
n = 1
L28.1
n = 111.0
n = 1
W3.2
n = 14.0
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
Melobasis splendida (Grey form)  Distinctive features

Like M. splendida, but ventral side and pronotum silver-grey instead of green; and elytra blue in areas that are normally green.

Notes

This is most likely just a colour variant of Melobasis splendida. No difference in aedeagus morphology is apparent and it has been collected amongst normally coloured M. splendida. It is being here recorded here as a separate entity to track its distribution and host plant associations.

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 splendida (Grey form)  (total of 3 beetles)
1
1
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
Beyeria lechenaultii22EPE
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
E Euphorbiaceae 2 100% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on foliage or non-flowering plant22
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.