Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Agrilus australasiae   Gory & Laporte, 1837
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Agrilini » subtribe  Agrilina
Agrilus australasiae   Adult images
Agrilus australasiae, PL1052, male, from Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae, FR, 9.8 × 2.3 mm Agrilus australasiae, PL1052, male, from Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae, FR, 9.8 × 2.3 mm
10.1 mm
2.5 mm
Measurements (mm)
9.8 – 10.3
n = 2
n = 1
2.3 – 2.6
n = 2
Legend  L1length from clypeus/frons to elytral apex (mean, range, sample size)
L2length from anterior of edge of eyes to elytral apex
Wmaximum width with elytra fully closed
Agrilus australasiae  Distinctive features

Differs from Agrilus hypoleucus and A. assimilis in lacking the projecting 'tooth' on the anterior prosternal margin, and is generally less colourful and more black. It also has a more depressed frons and distinctive aedeagus.


Surprisingly rare in South Australia and many of the earlier records attributed this species probably refer instead to the rather similar Agrilus hypoleucus which is more abundant and widespread. This is almost certainly the case for the breeding records described by Tepper 1887.

SA Regions¹:  EPMUSL
Australian States:  WASATASNSWQLD
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
Terrain map
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Adult activity records for Agrilus australasiae  (total of 3 beetles)
1 2
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 2 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 2
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Acacia oswaldii11MUF
Acacia victoriae ssp. victoriae11FRF
Legendbeetlescount of beetles collected from, or sighted on, host plant taxon
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
F Fabaceae 2 100% 2
Position on adult host
on flowering plant11
on foliage or non-flowering plant11
Host plant notes

Larval and adult hosts are mainly Acacia spp.

¹ LegendregionsSA State Herbarium regions (map)
EA: Eastern, EP: Eyre Peninsula, FR: Flinders Ranges, GT: Gairdner-Torrens, KI: Kangaroo Island, LE: Lake Eyre, MU: Murray, NL: Northern Lofty, NU: Nullarbor, NW: North-Western, SE: South-Eastern, SL: Southern Lofty, YP: Yorke Peninsula
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