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Jewel beetle

Castiarina sexplagiata

Description:

About 18mm long.. male slightly smaller than female.. feeding (among other things) on Leptospermum scoparium flowers.

Habitat:

In a local national park.

Notes:

There is one image by Nathan Ruser on ALA which doesn't fit http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Castiarina...

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Yes so Nathan Ruser's is wrong and that's the one showing up front.

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

They often select the best and freshest flowers.
This one is variable, sometimes reduced to dots on the shoulders
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/583...

Your ALA link has Cyria imperialis black and yellow found on Banksia.
And Castiarina crenata by Nora Peters is black and orange.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

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

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