Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina alternozona   (Thomson, 1878)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: cupricollis
Castiarina alternozona   Adult images
Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, DAY101, male, from Eucalyptus rugosa flowers, KI, 17.8 × 7.1 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Eucalyptus obliqua (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm Castiarina alternozona, PL3502, female, on Eucalyptus obliqua (for photo), SL, 21.6 × 9.0 mm
Actual
size¹:
19.7 mm
×
8.0 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L117.8
n = 121.6
n = 1
W7.1
n = 18.9
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
Castiarina alternozona  Distinctive features

Large size, bright red and black elytra, and dark greenish-gold below.

Notes

This is a seldom-encountered species endemic to SA and largely confined to the higher rainfall areas with Stringybark forests in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, and to southern Kangaroo Island. The scarcity of specimens may be due in part to it feeding out of reach in tree canopies.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  SLKI
Australian States:  SA
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 Castiarina alternozona  (total of 5 beetles)
2 1
1
1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 1 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 1
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus sp.32SL, KIM
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa21SLP
Eucalyptus rugosa21KIM
Pteridium esculentum ssp. esculentum11SL
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 5 63% 1
P Pittosporaceae 2 25% 1
U Unmatched 1 13% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)32
on flowering plant21
on foliage or non-flowering plant11
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.