Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina cupreoflava   (Saunders, 1869)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: violacea
Castiarina cupreoflava   Adult images
Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4600B, male, on Myoporum insulare, EP, 13.3 × 5.0 mm Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4600B, male, on Myoporum insulare, EP, 13.3 × 5.0 mm Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4601, male, on Myoporum insulare, EP, 12.9 × 4.9 mm Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4600B, male, from Myoporum insulare, EP, 13.3 × 5.0 mm Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4601, male, on Myoporum insulare, EP, 12.9 × 4.9 mm Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4601, male, on Myoporum insulare, EP, 12.9 × 4.9 mm Castiarina cupreoflava, PL4600A, adult host plant, host Myoporum insulare (PJL 3442), EP
Actual
size¹:
13.5 mm
×
5.1 mm
Measurements (mm)
male
L113.5
12.85 – 14.3
n = 3
L213.3
12.75 – 14.1
n = 3
W5.1
4.9 – 5.35
n = 3
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
Notes

This species is mostly restricted to coastal habitat where its adult (and probable larval) host plant grows; both the beetle and its host are widely distributed in southern Australia

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  FREPSLKI
Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
Southern 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 cupreoflava  (total of 80 beetles)
6
42 9 1
5 1 14
1 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 5 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 5
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
Myoporum insulare6813EP, SL, KIS
Myoporum petiolatum21SLS
Melaleuca gibbosa11KIM
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 70 99% 2
M Myrtaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)22
on flowering plant392
on foliage or non-flowering plant63
on plant (unspecified)229
other
  hovering over21
Host plant notes

The SA adult host records are largely confined to the Common or Coastal Boobialla Myoporum insulare, but there are two SA Museum collections made at St Agnes on the NE side of Adelaide in 1972 from a related species, M. petiolatum.

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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