Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Pseudanilara pilosa   (Carter, 1913)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Curidini » subtribe  Neocurina
Pseudanilara pilosa   Adult images
Pseudanilara pilosa, SAMA 25-021305, female, live non-emerged adult extracted from wood below bark of Eucalypt, SL, photo by Peter Lang for SA Museum, 9.3 × 3.6 mm
8.4 mm
3.3 mm
Measurements (mm)
7.5 – 9.3
n = 2
7.4 – 9.1
n = 2
2.9 – 3.6
n = 2
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
Pseudanilara pilosa  Distinctive features

Readily distinguished from other Pseudanilara by the coppery/orange-pink margins of the pronotum that are broadened to the posterior, together with its widespread and prominent dark patent hairs. Predominantly purple to violet, iridescing to green-blue laterally. Pronotum rather convex and relatively narrow compared to elytra, often with blue-green reflections medially.


There are very few collections of this species from SA.

SA Regions¹:  SLKI
Australian States:  WASAVICTASQLD
Southern 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 Pseudanilara pilosa  (total actual records: 1 beetles)
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
number of active beetles, actually recorded in that quarter-month
actual count > 1 (median)
actual count <= 1 (median)
live non-emerged (inactive) beetles only
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus sp.11KIM
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 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
on dead foliage11
Larval host plant
records sites SA regions¹ family adult live
Eucalyptus sp.11SLM1
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
M Myrtaceae 1 100% 1
Position in larval host
positionrecordssitesadult live
Host plant notes

The only known breeding record for this species was obtained by A.M.P. Stolarski who extracted a live adult from the wood of a Eucalypt at Macclesfield in the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges in June 1990.

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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