Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Jewel Beetle

Castiarina erythroptera

Description:

Red deeply ribbed jewel beetle (Buprestidae)

Habitat:

Feeding on flowering ti tree

Notes:

Associated with model Lycid beetle. Pics #3 and #4 are the lycid beetle. This jewel beetle is a mimic.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

7 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Hey brainpunk, these two beetles do look similar. This is because this jewel beetle is mimicing a Lycid (net winged) beetle. Lycid beetles apparently taste bad (although I haven't actually tried one) and several other creatures, including this moth mimic them. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/895...
Please check an update on your beetle, as I think the name is different to Ashash's suggestion.

brainpunk
brainpunk 7 years ago

Hey that looks like mine.. Net winged I think they called it.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Mayra and Atul.

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

cool!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Gorgeous!!

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

This jewel beetle mimics the same lycid beetle http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/792...

Latimeria
Latimeria 8 years ago

Great series!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 20, 2011
Submitted on Nov 29, 2011

Related Spottings

Castiarina bella Jewel beetle Castiarina Jewel Beetle Jewel beetle

Nearby Spottings

Sheoak Pansy Gladiolus Shell lerp insect

Reference