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This jewel beetle has three yellow bands and bordered with a bright red trim.
On flowering tea tree (Melaleuca sp.)
That looks like a very handy book. Added to wishlist.
Geoff Walker has the Castiarina Book (Shelley Barker) http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6075.htm... I looked through this book yesterday and discussed this beetle with Geoff.It is quite clear with the benefit of the textbook but this detail is not yet online for most species. .
Ok thanks... not easy when out and about. How do you check range... ALA? VicMuseum?
Castiarina aeraticollis is out of range and considerably larger.I think the suture along the elytra is blue along the entire length in punctatosulcata. I think the middle fascia points further forward in punctatosulcata. These definitions are confusing and I have found some exceptions in images, assuming they are ID'd correctly.
Did you work out the difference with C.aeraticollis ?
Sergio, I would speak so humbly if I worked in the most biologically diverse rain-forest in the world. Thanks SergioThanks Mark
Wow another one. It's been a great season for these so far.
Aussie beetles are fine too, Martin. Actually, I'd say they are much more than fine. I loved this one, congrats.
Spotted on Nov 16, 2014 Submitted on Nov 16, 2014
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