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Jewel beetle

Castiarina erythroptera

Description:

About 18mm long. Feeding on Leptospermum scoparium flowers.

Habitat:

In a local national park.

Notes:

This one could well be a part of a ring of Batesian mimicry working around this Lycid beetle http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/109... and including this Cerambycidae http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/105... They all appear around the same time and use the same plants.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Martin. I was just reviewing the full list of Castiarina species today and thinking about the natural stands of ti-tree around the state. It's an inviting challenge for sure.

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Your images are great Mark.
You've got the set of common burps now.
There are over 300 Castiarina species.........

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 26, 2014
Submitted on Oct 26, 2014

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