Pseudolycus haemorrhoidalis

The typical form of this species has the elytra black with the tips red, this being a very good mimic of the Tasmanian form of Porrostoma rufipennis (Lycidae). However some can have the elytra entirely black, or with the raised elytra costae largely reddish but the interspaces blackish. The latter form is currently placed under subspecies P. haemorrhoidalis costipennis (see lower half of this page).

Pseudolycus haemorrhoidalis (typical form)
Late December 2012
Mount Field
IMG 9752
Mid March 2021
“Inala”, Lunawanna, Bruny Island
IMG 8932

Early January 2011
Sisters Beach
Carrying a Pseudoscopion.  Pseudoscorpions feed on small organisms at ground level.  They can’t easily disperse, so they solve the problem by grabbing a flying insect and using them to hitchhike to a different location.  This is called phoresy.  They don’t harm the beetle, but they certainly annoy it!
IMG 1804

Female that looked like it was ovipositing into the cracks of driftwood
Early January 2020
Arthur River
IMG 1948  IMG 1951
Pseudolycus haemorrhoidalis costipennis
Early January 2016
Sisters Beach
Same larger female? but the smaller male? had been frightened off.
IMG 6289  IMG 6290
Pseudolycus haemorrhoidalis costipennis
Mid January 2016
Mount Saddleback
Image by John Ralph, used with permission.

Pseudolycus haemorrhoidalis.
cinctus colour form

Early January 2020
Arthur River
Identification thanks to Boris Büche
IMG 1944