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Jewel beetle

Castiarina punctatosulcata

Description:

This jewel beetle has three yellow bands and bordered with a bright red trim.

Habitat:

On flowering tea tree (Melaleuca sp.)

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8 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

That looks like a very handy book. Added to wishlist.

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

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. .

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Ok thanks... not easy when out and about. How do you check range... ALA? VicMuseum?

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

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.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Did you work out the difference with C.aeraticollis ?

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Sergio, I would speak so humbly if I worked in the most biologically diverse rain-forest in the world.
Thanks Sergio
Thanks Mark

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Wow another one. It's been a great season for these so far.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Aussie beetles are fine too, Martin. Actually, I'd say they are much more than fine. I loved this one, congrats.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 16, 2014
Submitted on Nov 16, 2014

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