Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Diphucrania parva   (Blackburn, 1887)
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Diphucrania parva   Adult images
Diphucrania parva, PL0955A, female, on Acacia ligulata, MU, 5.2 × 2.0 mm Diphucrania parva, PL0955A, female, on Acacia ligulata, MU, 5.2 × 2.0 mm Diphucrania parva, PL0955A, female, on Acacia ligulata, MU, 5.2 × 2.0 mm Diphucrania parva, PL0914A, female, from Acacia pycnantha, SL, 5.6 × 2.2 mm Diphucrania parva, PL1019A, male, NL, 4.1 × 1.6 mm
4.6 mm
1.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
4 – 5.15
n = 134.8
4.3 – 5.6
n = 7
3.95 – 4.7
n = 54.5
4.2 – 4.65
n = 3
1.4 – 2
n = 131.9
1.6 – 2.2
n = 7
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
Diphucrania parva  Distinctive features

Small size, reasonably uniform dark bronze colouration, elytra with scattered whitish hair-scale patches and some gold reflections about the sutural margins posterior to the scutellum.


This species is seldom abundant but is widely distributed in SA.

Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
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 Diphucrania parva  (total of 64 beetles)
5 5 7
9 2 2 14
7 1 3
7 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
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
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Acacia pycnantha116NL, MU, SL, KI, SEF
Acacia argyrophylla81MUF
Acacia retinodes83NL, MU, SLF
Acacia ligulata61MUF
Acacia euthycarpa53EP, MUF
Acacia sp.53EP, KIF
Acacia myrtifolia42MU, SLF
Acacia leiophylla31KIF
Acacia provincialis32SL, KIF
Eucalyptus sp.31SLM
Acacia uncifolia11KIF
Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae11FRF
Acacia wattsiana11NLF
Leptospermum sp.11KIM
Melaleuca sp.11EPM
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
F Fabaceae 56 92% 11
M Myrtaceae 5 8% 3
Position on adult host
on flowering plant54
on foliage or non-flowering plant4617
on plant (unspecified)106
Host plant notes

D. parva has been collected in SA from a diverse range of Acacia species.

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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