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Ophidius histrio

4 Ornate click beetle at Wamban, NSW

Ophidius histrio at Wamban, NSW - 19 Dec 2022
Ophidius histrio at Wamban, NSW - 19 Dec 2022
Ophidius histrio at Wamban, NSW - 19 Dec 2022
Ophidius histrio at Wamban, NSW - 19 Dec 2022
Ophidius histrio at Wamban, NSW - 19 Dec 2022
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Identification history

Ophidius histrio 9 Jan 2023 michaelb
Ophidius histrio 24 Dec 2022 Harrisi

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Significant sighting

michaelb noted:
9 Jan 2023

First sighting on NatureMapr of this amazing click beetle

User's notes

First time I have seen this impressive beast. Perusal of ALA indicates this record is the most southern of its range (out of 79 sightings). Significant?

3 comments

michaelb wrote:
   9 Jan 2023
Hi Stuart. This species deserves an appropriate common name, can you think of one?
Harrisi wrote:
   10 Jan 2023
Hi Michael, question seems innocuous though I have spent a fair amount of time pondering! Nothing has 'bells on' but how about the 'Ornate click beetle' ? In comparison with all others it has ornamentation whereas they don't, being uniform in one colour usually.
michaelb wrote:
   10 Jan 2023
We'll give it a try. Maybe it will catch on!

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 19 Dec 2022 04:03 PM Recorded on
  • Harrisi Recorded by

Additional information

  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health
  • Resting Insect behaviour on flower

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