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Pie-dish beetle

Pterohelaeus peltatus

Description:

About 24mm long. Distinct green tint. Flattened thoracic plate. This one has been attacked and it's starboard front leg is missing.

Habitat:

Attracted to night lights at the local school.

Notes:

Similar to 'False Wireworm Beetle' - Pterohelaeus piceus' but the flange on the abdomen is smaller. Going with Pterohelaeus cornutus although I can only find a couple of images to support the difference.
P piceus ....... http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showima...
P cornutus ...... http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehkooistra/...

7 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

That's a great beetle, I've not seen it before. They make for some pretty small pies.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Looks good. Go for gold! :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Going with P cornutus. See Flickr link although I'm not sure how good Erik is. Thanks for looking at it Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Yeah I see what you mean. Well it's a good start anyway.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

:-) If you look at the 'flange' on the abdomen this one seems to have much less to offer than the False Wireworm. That's why it's still on hold for exact ID.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

I should have read your notes! Well this confirms your ID.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

You've helped me out heaps, Mark, so here's a little something in return. Do an image search for this species and you're bound to see this little beauty. Cheers :-)

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 13, 2014
Submitted on Jan 14, 2014

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