Dicranolaius (genus - predators)

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Dicranolaius sp.
Author: John Tann
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Dicranolaius Champion, 1921

This genus contains around 80 species of soft-bodied flower beetles, that are found mainly in Australia. The adults are around 5-10 mm long and are usually colourful with red and dark metallic blue or black markings. The larvae live on the ground and are predators. The adults feed on pollen, prey on insects and sometimes also feed on plants. Several species are regarded as useful predators of insect pests like Dicranolaius bellulus.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: