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.

Early February 2010
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay

Early March 2010
Port Sorell

The occurrence of variable dark markings on the pronotum is more commonly a Tasmanian trait.

Early December 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart

Late December 2011
Geilston Bay


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

Mid January 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart, nipaluna

Mid March 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart


Late February 2021
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
IMG 8582

Mid February 2023
Narawntapu National Park
IMG 6580