ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

Belonging to the genus Neospades, family Buprestidae, these are one of the beautiful named Jewel Beetle species found in Australia. There are 11 native species recognised in Australia.

Neospades sp, Epenarra NT © Emma Baru Tyunpe Skyba
Neospades sp, Epenarra NT © Emma Skyba

The following are thought to be species Neospades chrysopygia.

Neospades sp, Epenarra NT © Emma Baru Tyunpe Skyba
Neospades chrysopygia, Epenarra NT © Emma Skyba
Neospades sp, Epenarra NT © Emma Baru Tyunpe Skyba
Neospades chrysopygia, Epenarra NT © Emma Skyba
Neospades sp, Epenarra NT © Emma Baru Tyunpe Skyba
Neospades chrysopygia, Epenarra NT © Emma Skyba

The following was found on the flower of Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum var. sturtianum) in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

The flowers of the Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum var. sturtianum) in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, are pretty popular with the Neospades sp.

Neospades sp (possibly Neospades chrysopygia), Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs NT
Neospades sp., Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs NT
Neospades sp (possibly Neospades chrysopygia), Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs NT
Neospades sp., Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Superfamily: Buprestoidea
  • Family: Buprestidae
  • Subfamily: Agrilinae
  • Tribe: Coraebini
  • Subtribe: Cisseina
  • Genus: Neospades
  • Species:
    • Neospades chrysopygia (Germar, 1848)
    • Neospades cruciata (Fabricius, 1775)
    • Neospades cupricauda Carter, 1927
    • Neospades cuprifera (Gestro, 1877)
    • Neospades lateralis Blackburn, 1888
    • Neospades nigroaenea (Kerremans, 1898)
    • Neospades picta Carter, 1923
    • Neospades rugiceps (Thomson, 1879)
    • Neospades simplex Blackburn, 1888
    • Neospades terraereginae (Obenberger, 1919)
    • Neospades viridis (Kerremans, 1898)

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Emma Baru Tyunpe Skyba from Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/alicefieldnats/
  2. Calosoma (Australodrepa) oceanicum Perroud & Montrouzier, 1865, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/0d536e9a-46d5-4f5e-b1a4-ed7c0cfa98c7
  3. Neospades Blackburn, 1887, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/61de7ea6-84ac-4f7e-a024-149bd9658b1b#overview
  4. Neospades chrysopygia (Germar, 1848), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/542a82bd-a792-4e1b-ba8b-e0bce2a344ea

ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

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