Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Temognatha fusca   (Saunders, 1871)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Temognatha  species group: grandis
Temognatha fusca   Adult images
Temognatha fusca, SID3401, male, EP, photo by D.S. Thompson Temognatha fusca, SID3401, male, EP, photo by D.S. Thompson
Temognatha fusca  Distinctive features

A fairly uniform, somewhat milky, brown colouration; irregularly sculpted pronotum; dense grey-white hairs around the pronotum margins, and on the head and underside.


Temognatha fusca was formerly known as Temognatha parryi. It is widespread but relatively uncommon and has a long active period from October to March. Tepper 1887 reported it from Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula, noting that it was 'rather rare, and flies already in November'.

Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Temognatha fusca  (total actual records: 8 beetles)
1 1
1 1 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
number of active beetles, actually recorded in that quarter-month
actual count > 1 (median)
actual count <= 1 (median)
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus sp.11EPM
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 names in green are hyperlinked to a matching host species page with plant photos.
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
M Myrtaceae 2 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)22
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
Host plant notes

Tepper 1887 reported this species (as Stigmodera parryi) occuring chiefly on Eucalyptus oleosa (Red Mallee).

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