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Checkered beetle

Eleale sp.

Description:

These beetles was very metallic showing gold through olive to green on the elytra. When they flew clear hind wings and a bright metallic blue abdomen was exposed . Dozens of these were attending the flowers on every ti-tree bush. Approximately 12mm long.

Habitat:

On Leptospermum scoparium in a local national park. Very open eucalyptus and ti-tree shrubland.
http://spatial.ala.org.au/?q=lsid:%22urn...

Notes:

Although E robusta is visually good except for reddish legs http://www.cleridae.info/eleale-robusta/...
it could be.. E aspera http://www.tfic.net.au/SpeciesPages/Elea...
E illaetabilis http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b... https://sites.google.com/site/insectsoft...

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago
Clerid beetle (checkered beetle)
Eleale sp. Checkered beetle (Clerid beetle) | Project Noah


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3 Comments

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

I meant with....brain fart!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Why sans camera?

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Who does not love the coloration...I may have to move to Australia sans camera for a year! Great shots Mark...as always!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 21, 2014
Submitted on Oct 21, 2014

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