Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Temognatha westwoodii   (Saunders, 1868)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Temognatha westwoodii   Adult images
Temognatha westwoodii, SAMA, male, EP
30.7 mm
12.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
25.8 – 31.8
n = 633.8
31.6 – 36
n = 2
25.8 – 31.8
n = 633.6
31.5 – 35.8
n = 2
10.5 – 13.5
n = 614.0
13.3 – 14.7
n = 2
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 westwoodii  Distinctive features

Generally brownish-red colouration and a distinctive body-shape with the elytra broadening towards the posterior; the elytra have transverse bands of dark blue (or black with blue reflections).


This is a largely Western Australian species that extends into the arid zone and reaches northern Eyre Peninsula. It is known to be strongly attracted to red lures.

SA Regions¹:  EP
Australian States:  WASA
Southern South Australian occurrences
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
Terrain map
Enlarge map
Adult activity records for Temognatha westwoodii  (total of 32 beetles)
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 32 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 32
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plant
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus sp.291EPM
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 29 100% 1
Position on adult host
on foliage or non-flowering plant291
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
light violet11EP
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.