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Jewel beetle

Castiarina sexplagiata


A small and alert beetle with colorful bands of yellow and red markings. Some appear to mimic hoverflies, bees, ladybird beetles and other insects.


These spectacular beetles are only found around fragrant flowering plants such as ti tree on hot summer days.


This is my first Castiarina jewel beetle for this season This has been scarce for the last few years and my previous Castiarina, mimiking a lycid beetle, is seen here.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 21, 2013
Submitted on Oct 21, 2013

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