Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis   (Saunders, 1869)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Temognatha  species group: parvicollis
Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis   Adult images
Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis, PL1340, male, on Eucalyptus leptophylla, SE, 41.0 × 15.6 mm Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis, PL1340, male, on Eucalyptus leptophylla, SE, 41.0 × 15.6 mm Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis, PL1315, male, MU, 40.8 × 15.2 mm Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis, PL3538, male, EP, 40.7 × 16.1 mm Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis, PL3538, male, EP, 40.7 × 16.1 mm
41.5 mm
16.1 mm
Measurements (mm)
37.7 – 45.4
n = 1445.1
n = 1
39.1 – 43.2
n = 3
14.9 – 18.05
n = 1417.4
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
Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis  Distinctive features

Differs from T. heros in its smaller size (on average), less dorsi-ventrally compressed shape, mid- to red-brown colouration, uniform dark grey underside, and the outer (lateral) margins of the elytra being light red to orange-brown or salmon pink.


Occurs with Temognatha heros in major emergence events and while often abundant, it is is usually present in lower numbers than that species. Many SA Museum specimens of T. parvicollis have not yet had their data captured.

Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis  (total actual records: 30 beetles)
10 2 4 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
number of active beetles, actually recorded in that quarter-month
actual count > 2 (median)
actual count <= 2 (median)
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
199EP, MU, SEM
Eucalyptus sp.21EPM
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 names in green are hyperlinked to a matching host species page with plant photos.
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
M Myrtaceae 27 100% 4
Position on adult host
on flower(s)2212
on flowering plant52
Host plant notes

Tepper 1887 reported that the larva of this species (as Stigmodera parvicollis), along with four other Temognatha species "inhabit the so-called mallee roots, the subterranean trunk of Eucalyptus uncinata [= E. leptophylla], E. oleosa, and E. gracilis.
Tepper's statement of five Temognatha species breeding in three Eucalyptus species is taken as a general supposition, and is not interpreted to mean that he had found breeding evidence for all five of his species in each of the Eucalypts.

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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