“When dead the brilliant green hue disappeared altogether, the markings remaining only steel-blue.” This tiny beetle, species Laius bellulus was probably painted under a magnifying glass.
“Caught at Wibaka, Darling, near the camp, on oct. 10 60; it run along the ground and enterd the small cracks of the dried up soil when-ever they were in its way. Color: beautiful steel-blue, (which, in the sun, changed to a brilliant green) and orange. Antennae: composed of 10 parts of which the second is very large. Feet with 5 divisions.
When dead the grilliant green hue disappeared altogether, the markings remaining only steel-blue.
Oct 10 60