Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Neocuris sp. Dark green  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Neocurina
Neocuris sp. Dark green   Adult images
Neocuris sp. Dark green, PL0948, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. lasiophylla, MU Neocuris sp. Dark green, PL3745, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. lasiophylla, MU, 7.2 × 3.2 mm Neocuris sp. Dark green, PL3745, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. lasiophylla, MU, 7.2 × 3.2 mm Neocuris sp. Dark green, PL1072B, male, from Eucalyptus socialis ssp. socialis, FR, 5.9 × 2.4 mm Neocuris sp. Dark green, PL0948, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. lasiophylla, MU Neocuris sp. Dark green, PL3745, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. lasiophylla, MU, 7.2 × 3.2 mm
Actual
size¹:
6.5 mm
×
2.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L16.2
5.85 – 6.45
n = 36.5
5.4 – 7.2
n = 9
L26.2
n = 16.3
5.25 – 7
n = 9
W2.6
2.4 – 2.8
n = 32.9
2.4 – 3.2
n = 9
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 sp. Dark green  Distinctive features

Differs from Neocuris cf. viridimicans by its almost granular colouration underlain by darker tones, more pronounced puncturation, less rounded shape, and distinctive broader aedeagus.

Notes

There is a possibility that this species may prove to be Neocuris viridimicans Fairmaire, 1877 (although another species, treated here as Neocuris cf. viridimicans, has generally been regarded as a more likely contender). Examination of the type specimens housed in Paris is needed for confirmation.

Based on SA Museum collections, it appears that N. sp. Dark green has sometimes been confused with N. cf. viridimicans although it can be readily distinguished by its aedeagus, general morphology, sculpturing and colouration. Its emergence and active period appears to be a little earlier than in that species and it has been collected from a more diverse range of hosts. Its distribution in SA is largely associated with the Mt Lofty-Flinders Ranges block, while N. cf. viridimicans occurs in mallee districts.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  FRNLEPMUSL
Australian States:  WA?SAVICNSW
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 sp. Dark green  (total of 25 beetles)
1 1
10 3
9
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 3 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 3
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
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa93FR, SLP
Beyeria lechenaultii71MUE
Eucalyptus socialis ssp. socialis43FR, MUM1
Bursaria spinosa ssp. lasiophylla21MUP
Callitris gracilis11FRC
Sida petrophila11MUM2
unknown11SL
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
P Pittosporaceae 11 46% 2
E Euphorbiaceae 7 29% 1
M1 Myrtaceae 4 17% 1
C Cupressaceae 1 4% 1
M2 Malvaceae 1 4% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)32
on flowering plant43
on foliage or non-flowering plant82
on plant (unspecified)93
other
  unknown11
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.