Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina chinnocki   (Barker, 1983)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: cupricauda
Castiarina chinnocki   Adult images
Castiarina chinnocki, PL0353A, female, on Eremophila scoparia, MU, 11.1 × 4.2 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP Castiarina chinnocki, on Eremophila scoparia, MU Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481B, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0353C, male, from Eremophila scoparia, MU, 10.1 × 3.8 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0353D, male, on Eremophila scoparia, MU, 10.0 × 3.8 mm Castiarina chinnocki, on Eremophila scoparia, MU Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481B, male, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481B, male, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP Castiarina chinnocki, on Eremophila scoparia, MU Castiarina chinnocki, on Eremophila scoparia, MU Castiarina chinnocki, on Eremophila scoparia, MU Castiarina chinnocki, on Eremophila scoparia, MU Castiarina chinnocki, PL0353D, male, on Eremophila scoparia, MU, 10.0 × 3.8 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481A, female, from Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP, 10.3 × 3.9 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481A, female, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP, 10.3 × 3.9 mm Castiarina chinnocki, PL0481B, male, on Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum, EP, 9.7 × 3.5 mm
Actual
size¹:
10.2 mm
×
3.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L19.8
8.6 – 10.7
n = 910.8
10.3 – 11.2
n = 5
L210.6
n = 1
W3.6
3.05 – 4
n = 94.0
3.7 – 4.2
n = 5
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
Distribution
SA Regions¹:  MUEP
Australian States:  WASA
Southern South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
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Adult activity records for Castiarina chinnocki  (total of 78 beetles)
1 3 2 14
16 9
15 16
2
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 9 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 9
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
Eremophila scoparia438EP, MUS
Myoporum platycarpum312MUS
Myoporum platycarpum ssp. platycarpum32EP, MUS
Myoporum sp.11MUS
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
S Scrophulariaceae 78 100% 3
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)126
on flowering plant171
on foliage or non-flowering plant112
on plant (unspecified)384
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
blue11EP
Host plant notes

The fact that this species is associated in high frequencies with both the violet-coloured flowers of Broom Emubush Eremophila scoparia and the white flowers of Sugarwood Myoporum platycarpum suggests that the attraction may be based on a plant chemical rather than colour. Both these species were formerly classified in family Myoporaceae, but are now included in Scrophulariaceae.

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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