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Belidae Schoenherr, 1826


Belid larvae are known to bore into wood, and some are relatively common in the branches and twigs of Acacia . Adults fly actively during the day, and species of Rhinotia are mimics of Lycidae.


Elongate, usually more or less parallel-sided beetles, clothed with decumbent hairs. Rostrum usually moderately long (rarely short and broad); antennae straight, lacking distinct club (rarely with weak, 4-segmented club), inserted at middle of or near base of rostrum; labrum not visible; palps more or less rigid; gular sutures short and separate; pronotum without lateral carinae; tibiae usually with row of small granules along outer edge and fore tibiae often with teeth on inner edge; pygidium concealed.

Larvae broad, slightly flattened, ventrally curved, lightly sclerotised and hairy, with enlarged, strongly declivous prothorax. Head elongate with indistinct median endocarina; frons sometimes with median spine; labral rods absent; mala simple and rounded; maxillary palpifer well developed; protergum with sclerotised, keeled plate on posterior half; abdominal terga with 2 indistinct transverse folds.


The subfamily Belinae includes the large genus Belus , which extends into New Guinea, and Rhinotia , which also occurs in New Zealand. Australian genera of Pachyurinae include Pachyura (also in New Zealand), Agnesiotis , Cyrotyphus and Leba . [Kuschel 1959; Vanin 1976.]

  • Isacantha sp.

  • Rhinotia suturalis

  • Rhinotia sp.