Swollen Restio Beetle

Pseudorupilia ruficollis

Swollen Restio Beetle

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Pseudorupilia ruficollis, or the Swollen Restio Beetle, belongs to the biological family known as leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). It's native to South Africa and it's highly associated with the Cape fynbos biome. The South African fynbos is threatened by the introduction of non-native plants and by urban expansion, so it's likely that insects such as this species will be impacted too. These beetles are easily recognised by their golden, swollen abdomens. They enjoy eating the pollen of Restios, Proteas and Daisies, so they're likely important pollinators of indigenous plants.
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Traits

Pollinators of Restios, Proteas and Daisies.

Appearance

Adult beetles are quite small in size, measuring around 5-9mm in length. They possess abdomens which are distinctively 'swollen', with metallic gold elytra (protective wing casings).

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Chrysomelidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

South Africa

Attracts

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