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Jewel beetle

Castiarina sexplagiata

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/791...

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MartinL
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MartinL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

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