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Castiarina Jewel Beetle

Castiarina crenata


Length approx. 15mm


Coastal heath


MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Thanks Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Hi Mac. We have been hitting the beetles pretty hard this season and I'm confident enough to say this one isn't what Shanna suggested. Martin's suggestion above is looking right.

MartinL 7 years ago

Hey Mac. This is a great beetle and common from Perth to Brisbane but not north. They appear only when white flowers like tea tree are in bloom. Castiarina has over 200 species and they imitate bees (being flower feeders) and sometimes each other. More common is C. sexplagiata which has a yellow primary color, with a red edge making your side-on easy to mistake.

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

A stuuning beetle Agry, had never seen one before

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Added ID, Thanks Shanna

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Very nice beetle. What a colour combination.

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Was thinking that Shanna, the habitat was right, low tea tree heath

ShannaB 8 years ago

Nice shot Mac. It might be a Jewel Beetle (Castiarina sexplagiata) but I can't say for sure!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

First one that I have seen Leanne, would loved to have got some better photos of it, coulours were quite striking, very unusual

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Very pretty beetle MacC. Never seen one of these before.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Mar 23, 2013
Submitted on Mar 23, 2013

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