Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Neospades sp. Narrow variant  
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Neospades sp. Narrow variant   Adult images
Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597A, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.7 × 2.4 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597B, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.5 × 2.3 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597A, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.7 × 2.4 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3603B, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 7.2 × 2.7 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3603B, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 7.2 × 2.7 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3602, female, from Radyera farragei flower, NW, 6.7 × 2.4 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3603A, male, from Hibiscus solanifolius flower, NW, 5.8 × 2.0 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3953, female, from Alyogyne pinoniana, NW, 6.7 × 2.5 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597B, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.5 × 2.3 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597B, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.5 × 2.3 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597B, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.5 × 2.3 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597A, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.7 × 2.4 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597A, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.7 × 2.4 mm Neospades sp. Narrow variant, PL3597A, female, on Hibiscus solanifolius, NW, 6.7 × 2.4 mm
Actual
size¹:
6.0 mm
×
2.1 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L15.6
4.8 – 6.05
n = 86.3
5.45 – 7.15
n = 13
L25.5
4.75 – 6
n = 86.2
5.4 – 7
n = 13
W2.0
1.55 – 2.2
n = 82.3
1.95 – 2.65
n = 13
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
Neospades sp. Narrow variant  Distinctive features

Relatively narrow body shape; head and pronotum with pink, dark green or blue-violet tones; tarsal claws more appendiculate than bifid and often spreading.

Notes

This entity occurs with Neospades chrysopyggia in western SA, and may merely be a form of that species, or more likely, of N. rugiceps which it more closely resembles in colouration. However the difference in tarsal claws suggest the possibility of it being a separate taxon. It also has similarities to Neospades picta described by Carter 1923a from Brisbane.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  NWEP
Australian States:  WA?
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 Neospades sp. Narrow variant  (total of 22 beetles)
5 2
15
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
Hibiscus solanifolius141NWM
Alyogyne pinoniana11NWM
Hibiscus krichauffianus11NWM
Radyera farragei11NWM
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 Malvaceae 17 100% 4
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)173
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
blue84NW, EP
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.