Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Neocuris thoracica   Fairmaire, 1877
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Neocurina
Neocuris thoracica   Adult images
Neocuris thoracica, DAY118, on flowering Eucalyptus rugosa, KI, 4.4 × 1.9 mm
4.2 mm
1.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
n = 1
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
Neocuris thoracica  Distinctive features

Differing from N. cuprilatera in lack of depression on frons, narrower less flattened body shape, wider and less sharply defined metallic sides of pronotum which are mostly coppery, posterior part of underside bronze rather than green or blue and gold reflections on elytra.

Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
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 Neocuris thoracica  (total of 65 beetles)
4 5
3 12 2
2 19
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
Eucalyptus sp.182NL, KIM
Eucalyptus leptophylla131EPM
Leptospermum continentale51KIM
Eucalyptus phenax ssp. phenax51EPM
Eucalyptus rugosa52KIM
Hakea mitchellii31KIP1
Eucalyptus socialis ssp. socialis21FRM
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa22SL, KIP2
Eucalyptus baxteri21KIM
Eucalyptus diversifolia ssp. diversifolia21KIM
Leptospermum sp.21KIM
Melaleuca gibbosa21KIM
Eucalyptus cneorifolia11KIM
Eucalyptus porosa11FRM
Eucalyptus remota11KIM
Melaleuca lanceolata11KIM
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 Myrtaceae 60 92% 12
P1 Proteaceae 3 5% 1
P2 Pittosporaceae 2 3% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)182
on flowering plant468
on dead foliage11
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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