Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Bubastes deserta   Bílý & Hanlon, 2020
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Bubastini » subtribe  Bubastina
Bubastes deserta   Adult images
Bubastes deserta, SAMA 25-50438, male, from Eucalyptus sp. flowers, LE, photo by Peter Lang for SA Museum, 17.2 × 5.3 mm Bubastes deserta, SAMA 25-50439, female, from Eucalyptus sp. flowers, LE, photo by Peter Lang for SA Museum, 18.6 × 6.0 mm
17.9 mm
5.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
n = 118.6
n = 1
n = 118.6
n = 1
n = 16.0
n = 1
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
Bubastes deserta  Distinctive features

Orangey-bronze with small areas of green; pronotum with prominent pre-scutellar pit which is deep and elongate; elytra with conspicuous carinae.


Until recently, known only from early collections. The holotype was collected at Oodnadatta in 1931-32, and Bílý & Hanlon 2020 also cite an allotype from 'S. Australia' and a paratype from 'Australia'. A recent SA Museum accession comprises an male and female collected in 1996 at Arckaringa Creek, SSW of Oodnadatta.

SA Regions¹:  LE
Australian States:  SA
South Australian occurrences
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 Bubastes deserta  (total actual records: 2 beetles)
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
number of active beetles, actually recorded in that quarter-month
actual count > 2 (median)
actual count <= 2 (median)
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus sp.21LEM
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
M Myrtaceae 2 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)21
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
sizeThe ellipse is the correct size when printed, indicative on a desktop screen, and likely to be wrong on a mobile device.