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Jewel beetle

Castiarina sexplagiata

Description:

A yellow spotted jewel beetle resembling a native bee feeding on the nectar of tea tree flowers. The elytral apex (tip) is always dark in this species but spotting is variable.

Habitat:

Churchill NP Lysterfield is a habitat for tea tree and popular drinking spot for jewel beetles

Notes:

There are several similar species and over 400 members of the Australian Castiarina genus.

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5 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

@ Jae, haha, I hadn't made that connection.
Tea tree is named from its early use to make billy tea.
Now that we have good supplies of english tea, we decided it doesn't actually taste that good.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Unfortunately I need to enter the lifeless zone today (the city) It is looking like a good one though.

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Testing the new lens, Mark.
If you go there today, you will meet Geoff :)

Jae
Jae 5 years ago

Great serie, Martin. Didn't know jewel beetles fancy a cuppa :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Popular drinking spot :)

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Australia

Spotted on Oct 21, 2014
Submitted on Oct 23, 2014

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