Chauliognathus tricolor

Chauliognathus tricolor.   This species is highly variable showing great range in size (beginning around 6mm up to 16mm), colour of elytra (though always entirely dark), and the markings on the pronotum.

Mid February 2023
Narawntapu National Park
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Early February 2010
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
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Early March 2010
Port Sorell
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The occurrence of variable dark markings on the pronotum is more commonly a Tasmanian trait.

Early December 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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Late December 2011
Geilston Bay
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C. tricolor males often have noticeably wide heads, being as wide as their pronotum. Though, this does not occur in some.

Early November 2015
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart, nipaluna
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Mid January 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart, nipaluna
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Mid March 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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Late February 2021
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
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Early January 2024
Edgar Dam
feeding on Leptospermum flowers
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Early January 2024
Edgar Dam
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