Genus Helina

There are around 40 described species currrently placed under Helina for Australia. Most species are dark with lighter pruinescence and usually the scutum quadrivittate (formed by lines devoid of pruinescence). However some are green-blue, tawny or even yellowish and the scutum vittae obscure or trivittate. Vein M usually bends down away from the upper vein (R4+5) at the apex, though there are species where this vein bends slightly upwards before the wing margin. The smallest species is 4mm (H. tasmaniensis), while the largest is over 11mm (H. leai). Over 20 species are recorded as present in Tasmania.

The Australian species were last revised by Malloch in 1925 with several poorly described species by overseas workers not considered at the time. Malloch’s keys and descriptions are heavily relied upon for the species assignments below.

Helina addita
Helina cf. addita (male) Helina cf. addita (male)

Helina aeneiventris
Helina cf. aeneiventris

Helina australasiae
Helina australasiae (male) Helina australasiae (male) Helina australasiae (female)

Helina collessi
Helina collessi (female) Helina collessi (female)

Helina imitatrix
Helina imitatrix (female) Helina imitatrix (female) cf. Helina imitatrix (male)

Helina nigrescens/nigrohalterata Group
Helina nigrescens/nigrohalterata group (female) Helina nigrescens/nigrohalterata group (male)

Helina nigritarsis
Helina cf. nigritarsis (female) Helina cf. nigritarsis (female)

Helina subpubescens
Helina subpubescens (female) Helina subpubescens (male)

Helina tasmaniensis
Helina tasmaniensis (male) Helina tasmaniensis (male)

Helina vandiemeni
Helina cf. vandiemeni Helina vandiemeni (male)

Helina whitei/hirtibasis/leai Group
Helina whitei/hirtibasis/leai Group (female) Helina whitei/hirtibasis/leai Group (female) Helina whitei/hirtibasis/leai Group (male)

Helina sp. #1
Helina sp. (female) Helina sp. (copula)

Helina sp. #2
Helina sp. (female) Helina sp. (male)

Helina sp. #3
Helina sp. Helina sp.

Helina sp. #4
Helina sp. Helina sp.

Pending ID – Helina
IMG 5800 IMG 5802 IMG 6945