Projektin Jewel Beetles of South Australia Päiväkirja

7. heinäkuuta 2020

Release of Buprestidae of South Australia website

The link below gives access to my just released ‘Buprestidae of South Australia (jewel beetles)’ website. It has an abundance of images covering most SA species and should be a useful aid for identifications, and source of background information.

The default view is an alphabetic listing, but related species can be grouped together using the 'Genera (taxonomic)' menu item on the upper left of the main page.
The Host plant pages: may also be helpful for verifying plant species.

For a cursory look I suggest checking out:
• Melobasis propinqua verna, which has the most comprehensive documentation for breeding stages and host plants,
• Temognatha congener, a particularly beautiful and rare species,
• any of the Ethonion species, of special interest for their gall-making habit,
• Castiarina erythroptera as an example of mimicry.

The 'Introduction' menu item provides background information on Buprestidae, caveats on interpreting the data, and the acknowledgements.

Lähetetty 7. heinäkuuta 2020 04:47 käyttäjältä peter-lang peter-lang

20. marraskuuta 2019

We have liftoff....

Wow, with more iNatters out searching, the number of observations and number of buprestid species observed in SA have both rocketed in recent weeks. I did wonder if all the observations would come from the southern Mt Lofty Ranges but I'm pleased to see that there's quite a good scatter across SA, including some very interesting finds. Thanks must go to local researcher, Peter Lang, who has provided expert opinion and IDs to help things along. I've definitely learned a lot in recent weeks and, as anticipated, to be able to compare multiple observations, displaying local variation, has helped 'get my eye in' with the commoner species. The season isn't over yet so keep the observations coming!

Lähetetty 20. marraskuuta 2019 05:18 käyttäjältä rfoster rfoster | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

15. lokakuuta 2019

BOLD reference images of jewel beetles

These links to the Barcode of Life Database (BOLDSYSTEMS) will take you to images of reference specimens of buprestids collected for genetic barcoding. They can be quite useful if you have one you're unsure of. Be aware these by no means represent a complete list but do show most of the species you're likely to find in South Australia. Many have been submitted by South Australian researcher Peter Lang. I've broken them down by genus, including only those likely to be found in SA but excluding Agrilus because there are so many species, world wide. If I've forgotten a genus that you think should be here let me know.








Lähetetty 15. lokakuuta 2019 04:09 käyttäjältä rfoster rfoster | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti