Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina flavopicta   (Boisduval, 1835)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: flavopicta
Castiarina flavopicta   Adult images
Castiarina flavopicta, PL0215, on Leptospermum myrsinoides, SL, 10.6 × 3.7 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL2806, on Grevillea pterosperma, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL3317, male, from Calytrix tetragona, SE, 9.3 × 3.1 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4260, male, from Olearia ramulosa, SE, 9.7 × 3.3 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL2806, on Grevillea pterosperma, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL2806, on Grevillea pterosperma, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL2806, on Grevillea pterosperma, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL2806, on Grevillea pterosperma, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL3314, on Leptospermum coriaceum, SE
Actual
size¹:
9.3 mm
×
3.2 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L19.1
6.9 – 10.3
n = 4110.1
7.9 – 11.45
n = 14
L28.9
6.7 – 10.3
n = 339.9
9.15 – 11.05
n = 11
W3.1
2.3 – 3.6
n = 413.5
2.7 – 3.9
n = 14
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

There are only a few records from WA, but this species is common in SA, Tas, Vic, and NSW and just reaches into southern Qld.

Distribution
SA Regions¹:  EPMUYPSLKISE
Australian States:  WASATASVICNSWQLD
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 flavopicta  (total of 181 beetles)
4
21 60 5 32
9 12 7 28
1
1
1
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
Leptospermum coriaceum4810EP, MU, SEM
Melaleuca pauperiflora ssp. mutica454EPM
Leptospermum sp.196SL, KIM
Eucalyptus rugosa172KIM
Leptospermum myrsinoides126SL, SEM
Calytrix tetragona84EP, SL, KI, SEM
Grevillea pterosperma52EP, SEP1
Leptospermum continentale42SL, KIM
Hakea sp.41EPP1
Melaleuca gibbosa31EPM
Melaleuca sp.31EPM
Xanthorrhoea caespitosa21SEX
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa11EPP2
Calytrix sp.11KIM
Eucalyptus diversifolia ssp. diversifolia11KIM
Exocarpos sparteus11MUS
Melaleuca lanceolata11EPM
Spyridium phylicoides11SER
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 162 92% 9
P1 Proteaceae 9 5% 2
X Xanthorrhoeaceae 2 1% 1
P2 Pittosporaceae 1 1% 1
R Rhamnaceae 1 1% 1
S Santalaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)2613
on flowering plant5612
on plant (unspecified)9320
other
  in spider web11
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
white562SE
light pink192SE
yellow112KI, SE
bright green62SE
blue52EP, SE
Castiarina flavopicta Breeding record images
Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257A, larva, in Olearia ramulosa, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 23.5 × 3.4 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257, larva, from Olearia ramulosa, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257, larva, from Olearia ramulosa, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257, larva, from Olearia ramulosa, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257, larva, from Olearia ramulosa, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257, larva, from Olearia ramulosa, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4257, larva, from Olearia ramulosa, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4542x, pupa, in Olearia decurrens (PJL 3399) stem, MU, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 10.0 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4542x, pupa, in Olearia decurrens (PJL 3399) stem, MU, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 10.0 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4542x, pupa, from Olearia decurrens (PJL 3399) stem, MU, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 10.0 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4542x, pupa, from Olearia decurrens (PJL 3399) stem, MU, 10.0 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, pupa, from Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3412) dead branch, with larval exuviae attached, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Castiarina flavopicta, PL4563x, pupa, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3414) stem, with larval exuviae attached, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski Castiarina flavopicta, PL4563x, pupa, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3414) stem, same pupa as previous 7 days later, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4563x, pupa, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3414) stem, SE Castiarina flavopicta, PL4542, male, reared adult, from Olearia decurrens (PJL 3399) stem as pupa, MU, 10.1 × 3.4 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4561, female, reared adult, from Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3412) dead branch as pupa, with larval exuviae, SE, 11.5 × 3.9 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4563, reared adult, in Olearia lepidophylla, (PJL 3414) stem, SE, 10.1 × 3.6 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4563, reared adult, in Olearia lepidophylla, (PJL 3414) stem, SE, 10.1 × 3.6 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4256, male, non-emerged adult, in Olearia ramulosa, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 10.0 × 3.2 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4260, male, non-emerged adult, in Olearia ramulosa, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.7 × 3.3 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4562, male, non-emerged adult, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3413) stem, aedeagus exserted, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 10.2 × 3.6 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4564, non-emerged adult, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3415) stem base, chewed through stem ends arrowed, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4564, non-emerged adult, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3415) chewed through lower stem (upper left arrow), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4564, non-emerged adult, in Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3415) chewed through lower stem, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.7 × 3.5 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4566B, female, non-emerged adult, from Olearia picridifolia (PJL 3418) stem, MU, 9.9 × 3.4 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4260, larval host plant, host Olearia ramulosa, SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.7 × 3.3 mm Castiarina flavopicta, PL4564, larval host plant, host Olearia lepidophylla (PJL 3415), SE, photo by A.M.P. Stolarski, 9.7 × 3.5 mm
Larval host plants
individuals sites SA regions¹ family adult liveadult ex pupapupapupa ex larvalarva
Olearia lepidophylla91SEA23211
Olearia ramulosa51SEA23
Olearia picridifolia31MUA21
Olearia decurrens21MUA11
Olearia rudis11MUA1
Legendindividualscount of breeding adults, pupae and larvae
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
adultlive = extracted alive;   dead = extracted dead as intact or fragmentary remains;   ex billet = reared and emerged from stored sections of host;   ex pupa = reared from sampled pupa
pupaextracted pupa;   pupa ex larva = reared pupa from larva
larvaextracted larva (any stage including prepupa)
gall (only)hatched or unhatched gall identified by form and position rather than contents
Plant family
Code individuals % host plant taxa
A Asteraceae 20 100% 5
Position in larval host
positionindividualssitesadult liveadult ex pupapupapupa ex larvalarva
stem base111
stem18363414
dead stem111
Host plant notes

A.M.P. Stolarski discovered the first breeding records of this species in SA. Based on extracted or reared adults it has now been established as breeding in five different species of Daisy-bushes (Olearia). It might also be expected to use related genera such as Ozothamnus. Not surprisingly the closely related species Castiarina colorata also uses Olearia as a larval host.

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.