Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Melobasis sp. Hirsute  
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Melobasini » subtribe  Melobasina
Melobasis  species group: cupricollis
Melobasis sp. Hirsute   Adult images
Melobasis sp. Hirsute, BH-PL4753, male, from Acacia melanoxylon, SE, 10.9 × 3.6 mm
Actual
size¹:
10.9 mm
×
3.6 mm
Measurements (mm)
male
L110.9
n = 1
L210.5
n = 1
W3.6
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
Notes

This undescribed species is well known from the eastern States and has been earmarked for publication by Brian Levey. It is only known in SA by a single specimen collected in the far SE region by Bryan Haywood in 2005.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  SE
Australian States:  SAVICNSWQLD
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 Melobasis sp. Hirsute  (total of 1 beetles)
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 1 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 1
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Acacia melanoxylon11SEF
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 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on plant (unspecified)11
Melobasis sp. Hirsute Breeding record images
Melobasis sp. Hirsute, SID7245, larva, SE, photo by Bryan Haywood, dorsal view Melobasis sp. Hirsute, SID7245, larva, SE, photo by Bryan Haywood, ventral view Melobasis sp. Hirsute, SID7245, larva, in Acacia mearnsii stem, SE, photo by Bryan Haywood Melobasis sp. Hirsute, SID7244, non-emerged adult, in Acacia mearnsii stem, SE, photo by Bryan Haywood Melobasis sp. Hirsute, SID7244, non-emerged adult, in Acacia mearnsii stem, SE, photo by Bryan  Haywood
Larval host plant
records sites SA regions¹ family adult livelarva
Acacia mearnsii71SEF16
Legendrecordscount of breeding adults, pupae and larvae
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
adultlive = extracted alive;   dead = extracted dead as intact or fragmentary remains;   ex billet = reared and emerged from stored sections of host;   ex pupa = reared from sampled pupa
pupaextracted pupa;   pupa ex larva = reared pupa from larva
larvaextracted larva (any stage including prepupa)
gall (only)hatched or unhatched gall identified by form and position rather than contents
Plant family
Code records % host plant taxa
F Fabaceae 7 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionrecordssitesadult livelarva
stem7116
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.