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Jewel beetle

Castiarina flavopicta

Description:

This jewel beetle was a little more elusive than most. Possibly as it was about half the size of most of the others it could bury itself into the flowers more easily. Estimated 11mm long and the yellow loops were in two shades. These photos might be of 3 specimens.

Habitat:

On Leptospermum scoparium in a local nature reserve.

Notes:

Pictured here mixing it with C klugii and C sexplagiata.
family: BUPRESTIDAE
subfamily: Buprestinae
tribe: Stigmoderini
subtribe: Stigmoderina
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Castiarina...

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago
jewel beetle
Castiarina flavopicta castiarina


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4 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

I have no doubts re this ID but I think that first shot at ALA is unrepresentative (if it's correct).

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

The image is from Tasmania https://www.flickr.com/photos/nuytsia_pi...
This is possibly a dark form?????
Check the image gallery in ALA for the others.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

The image up front at ALA looks nothing like this !!?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks for the ID Martin. It was a good day for them.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 12, 2014
Submitted on Nov 12, 2014

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