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
3.8 mm
1.5 mm
Measurements (mm)
3 – 4.9
n = 283.9
3.35 – 5.35
n = 9
2.95 – 4.7
n = 113.9
3.25 – 5.25
n = 5
1.25 – 2.1
n = 281.6
1.35 – 2.3
n = 9
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.


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 of attributed to this species but they have not yet had their data captured.

Australian States:  WASANSWVIC
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 Notographus uniformis  (total of 62 beetles)
1 2
3 6 8 18
1 14 1 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
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
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Acacia rigens247NU, GT, EP, MUF
Senna artemisioides ssp. petiolaris148GT, FR, EP, MUF
Acacia ligulata84LE, EP, NL, MUF
Senna artemisioides ssp. x coriacea41EPF
Acacia pycnantha41MUF
Acacia wattsiana21FRF
Acacia burkittii11GTF
Acacia calamifolia11FRF
Acacia papyrocarpa11EPF
Acacia wilhelmiana11MUF
Eucalyptus odorata11EPM
Senna artemisioides ssp. quadrifolia11FRF
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 57 98% 10
M Myrtaceae 1 2% 1
Position on adult host
on foliage or non-flowering plant3919
on dead foliage164
on plant (unspecified)73
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
Larval host plant
records sites SA regions¹ family adult deadadult ex billet
Acacia spilleriana21MUF11
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 2 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionrecordssitesadult deadadult ex billet
dead stem2111
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 Acacia species. I extracted one dead adult from the base of a dead stem of Acacia spilleriana and reared another from associated sections of stem retained as billets. These provide the first reported larval host records for the species and genus.

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.