Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Neocuris cf. viridimicans   Fairmaire, 1877
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Neocurina
Neocuris cf. viridimicans   Adult images
Neocuris cf. viridimicans, PL1424B, male, from Melaleuca lanceolata, EP, 6.5 × 2.8 mm Neocuris cf. viridimicans, PL1424A, female, from Melaleuca lanceolata, EP, 6.8 × 2.9 mm Neocuris cf. viridimicans, from Eucalyptus sp., MU, PL3203 & PL3194 & PL3201 Neocuris cf. viridimicans, PL1420, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Neocuris cf. viridimicans, PL1420, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Neocuris cf. viridimicans, PL1429A, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP
6.1 mm
2.6 mm
Measurements (mm)
5 – 6.95
n = 126.5
5.75 – 7.3
n = 8
4.8 – 6.7
n = 105.5
n = 1
2.1 – 3
n = 122.7
2.3 – 3
n = 8
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
Neocuris cf. viridimicans  Distinctive features

Ovoid body shape, extreme lustre and a narrow aedeagus distinguish it from Neocuris sp. Dark green. The colour is variable but green forms predominate.


The type specimen of Neocuris viridimicans Fairmaire 1877 is from King George Sound near Albany in WA and resides in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris (MNHP). Until that specimen is examined, it is unclear whether the name N. viridimicans should be applied to this species or to something else (such as N. sp. Dark green). In SA this taxon has sometimes been confused with the latter but can be easily recognised by its aedeagus, later emergence/activity period and general morphology.

A summer-emerging species widely distributed in drier mallee areas.

SA Regions¹:  GTFRNLMU
Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
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 Neocuris cf. viridimicans  (total of 199 beetles)
10 42
92 11 40
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 11 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 11
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus leptophylla11312EP, MUM
Melaleuca lanceolata538EPM
Eucalyptus phenax ssp. phenax81EPM
Eucalyptus dumosa73EP, MUM
Eucalyptus gracilis51EPM
Eucalyptus sp.43EP, NLM
Eucalyptus yalatensis42EPM
Eucalyptus socialis21EPM
Eucalyptus gypsophila11GTM
Eucalyptus oleosa11MUM
Eucalyptus socialis ssp. socialis11MUM
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
M Myrtaceae 199 100% 10
Position on adult host
on flower(s)6411
on flowering plant13521
Host plant notes

Adults are found in the blossoms of a wide range of summer-flowering mallee Eucalyptus species, as well as Melaleuca lanceolata.

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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