Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Notographus uniformis   (Macleay, 1888)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Anilarina
Notographus uniformis   Adult images
Notographus uniformis, PL1766A, on dead Acacia rigens, MU Notographus uniformis, PL1766A, on dead Acacia rigens, MU Notographus uniformis, PL1766A, on dead Acacia rigens, MU Notographus uniformis, PL0953, MU Notographus uniformis, PL5563M, female, from Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP
Actual
size¹:
3.9 mm
×
1.6 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L13.8
3 – 6.4
n = 424.0
3.35 – 5.35
n = 13
L23.9
2.95 – 6.3
n = 243.9
3.25 – 5.25
n = 8
W1.6
1.25 – 2.35
n = 421.6
1.35 – 2.3
n = 13
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
Notographus uniformis  Distinctive features

Small size; pronotum with an impressed midline and lateral margins strongly contracted towards the posterior; relatively dull colouration with areas of white mealiness.

Notes

This name is applied here in a very broad sense and most likely covers a number of different (unnamed) species.

Notographus uniformis was first described (as Anthaxia) by MacLeay 1888 based on type material from the NW of WA. It was described as brassy-brown, whereas most SA specimens attributed to this species are charcoal grey. They display much variation in size, shape and aedeagus structure and the group is very much in need of taxonomic revision.

There are numerous SA Museum specimens attributed to this species that have not yet had their data captured.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  NWLENUGTFREPNLMU
Australian States:  WASANSWVIC
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 Notographus uniformis  (total of 78 beetles)
1
1 2 1 2
3 6 8 18
1 25 3 1
5
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 2 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 2
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
309NU, GT, EP, MUF
148GT, FR, EP, MUF
106LE, EP, NL, MUF
41EPF
41MUF
32GT, EPF
22GTF
Acacia ramulosa var. ramulosa21GTF
21FRF
11FRF
11GTF
11LEF
11MUF
11EPS
11EPM
11FRF
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
F Fabaceae 72 97% 13
M Myrtaceae 1 1% 1
S Sapindaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flowering plant11
on foliage or non-flowering plant4725
on dead foliage237
on plant (unspecified)73
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
blue123GT, MU
light violet61GT
red51GT
yellow11MU
Notographus uniformis Breeding record images
Notographus uniformis, PL5563C, larva, from Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Notographus uniformis, PL5563, larva, in Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Notographus uniformis, PL5663I, larva, from Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Notographus uniformis, PL5563M, female, non-emerged adult, in Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Notographus uniformis, PL5563M, female, non-emerged adult, in Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Notographus uniformis, PL5563M, female, non-emerged adult, from Acacia notabilis dead stem, EP
Larval host plants
records sites SA regions¹ family adult liveadult deadadult ex billetadult ex pupapupalarva
211EPF216129
21MUF11
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 names in green are hyperlinked to a matching host species page with plant photos.
Plant family
Code records % host plant taxa
F Fabaceae 23 100% 2
Position in larval host
positionrecordssitesadult liveadult deadadult ex billetadult ex pupapupalarva
dead stem232227129
Host plant notes

Adults have mostly been found on Legumes (family Fabaceae), and specifically on species of Acacia and Senna. There is also evidence of an association with dead foliage of Wattles (Acacia species). In 2017, I extracted a dead adult from the base of a dead stem of Acacia spilleriana and reared another from associated sections of stem retained as billets. These appear to be the first reported larval host records for the species and genus.

Alex Stolarski and I found breeding stages in a second Acacia species, A. notabilis in November 2022. Given its wide distribution and the variety of Acacias on which adults have been found, N. uniformis probably uses a wide range of Acacia species as larval host plants.

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.