Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina adelaidae   (Hope, 1846)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: octospilota
Castiarina adelaidae   Adult images
Castiarina adelaidae, PL0559, female, on Hysterobaeckea behrii, SL, 14.0 × 5.6 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0220A, male, SL, 11.7 × 4.3 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0045, on Calytrix tetragona, SL, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0053, on Leptospermum continentale, KI, 12.0 × 4.9 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0053, on Leptospermum continentale, KI, 12.0 × 4.9 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0054, male, KI, 11.9 × 4.5 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0045, female, on Calytrix tetragona, SL, 9.9 × 3.7 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0559, female, on Hysterobaeckea behrii, SL, 14.0 × 5.6 mm Castiarina adelaidae, PL0560A, female, on Hysterobaeckea behrii, SL Castiarina adelaidae, PL0002, male, from Leptospermum coriaceum, EP, 13.0 × 5.0 mm
12.6 mm
4.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
8.75 – 15
n = 6613.3
9.8 – 15.5
n = 29
11.05 – 14.6
n = 1314.0
13.15 – 14.85
n = 5
3.25 – 5.5
n = 665.1
3.7 – 6
n = 29
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
Castiarina adelaidae  Distinctive features

Ventral side yellow. Males in particular have very large and broad tarsi. Similar coloration to Castiarina decemmaculata with which it often occurs, but it is larger and has a broader body shape than that species.


This species was described by Hope 1846 'from the settlement at Adelaide'. It is similar and closely related to Castiarina octospilota of the eastern states.

It is a conspicuous spring species on Tea-tree (Leptospermum) flowers in the Adelaide foothills and central Hills area, as well as much further afield in places with heathy vegetation.

Forms from Kangaroo Island have heavier dark markings and often have two disjunct yellow lacunae in the anterior half of each elytron. On the mainland, forms with these lacunae conjoined are more common. Forms from the SE region have a richer yellow and stronger green reflections.

Australian States:  SAVIC
South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Castiarina adelaidae  (total of 668 beetles)
21 89 29 79
51 75 64 84
64 22 28 49
5 3 3
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 29 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 29
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
Leptospermum myrsinoides19326SL, KI, SEM
Leptospermum continentale14717MU, SL, KI, SEM
Leptospermum coriaceum9420GT, EP, MU, SL, SEM
Calytrix tetragona8213MU, SL, KI, SEM
Leptospermum sp.3015MU, SL, KI, SEM
Hysterobaeckea behrii166EP, MU, SL, SEM
Melaleuca gibbosa42KIM
Darwinia micropetala21KIM
Acacia uncifolia11KIF
Allocasuarina verticillata11SLC
Banksia marginata11SLP1
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa11KIP2
Calytrix glaberrima11KIM
Grevillea pterosperma11EPP1
Homoranthus wilhelmii11EPM
Melaleuca sp.11SLM
Melaleuca uncinata11KIM
Myrtaceae sp.11SEM
Spyridium subochreatum11SER
Thryptomene ericaea11KIM
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 574 99% 11
P1 Proteaceae 2 0% 2
C Casuarinaceae 1 0% 1
F Fabaceae 1 0% 1
P2 Pittosporaceae 1 0% 1
R Rhamnaceae 1 0% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)34043
on flowering plant17035
on foliage or non-flowering plant11
on plant (unspecified)6825
  on stems11
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
blue402KI, SE
light pink21SE
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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