Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Hypocisseis ornata   Carter, 1923
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Coraebini » subtribe  Cisseina
Hypocisseis ornata   Adult images
Hypocisseis ornata, SAMA, male, from Amyema sp., (cut from) Hypocisseis ornata, SAMA, male and female, from Amyema preissii
Hypocisseis ornata  Distinctive features

Head with frons strongly concave between heavy 'eye-brow-like' forward-projecting ridges that border the inside edge of the eyes; pronotum and elytral surface very uneven; coloration dark grey-brown with areas of blue reflections.


Not known to have been collected in SA since being described by Carter 1923a around 100 years ago. In addition to Geraldton in WA, he listed the locality of Lucindale in the SE Region of SA, and the latter is represented in the SA Museum by five syntype specimens.

SA Regions¹:  SE
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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Host plant notes

Strongly associated with mistletoes (Loranthaceae); Armstrong 1947 refers to adults being taken on two species of mistletoe in NSW (as 'Loranthus', probably Amyema spp. There are two more recent WA collections by R.P. McMillan in the SA Museum which show that Amyema is a larval host. A pair was cut from 'from tunnels in Loranthus preissii' (now Amyema preissii) and a single individual was 'cut from Amyema'. The mistletoe A. preissii also occurs widely in SA and mainly parasitises 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