Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Temognatha vitticollis   (Macleay, 1863)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Temognatha vitticollis   Adult images
Temognatha vitticollis, SAMA 25-021748, male, dead under Eucalyptus camaldulensis, MU, photo by Peter Lang for SA Museum, 32.2 × 13.5 mm
32.2 mm
13.5 mm
Measurements (mm)
n = 1
n = 1
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
Temognatha vitticollis  Distinctive features

Straw-coloured to orange background colour with a longitudinal mark (vitta) medially on the pronotum, sometimes extending on to the upper elytra; elytra shape apically truncated, elytra marked by two dark horizontal bands (fasciae) with blue reflections, one post-medial, the other apical.


A rare species in SA, where it reaches the western limit of its distribution. Represented here by two records of dead specimens, one found in 1984 on the ground under Eucalyptus camaldulensis on Chowilla Station, the other in 2023 on a footpath in Renmark.

SA Regions¹:  MU
Australian States:  SAVICNSWQLD
Southern South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
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 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
  on ground under canopy11
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.