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Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
  1. Agrilus  (7)
  2. Anilara  (15)
  3. Astraeus  (8)
  4. Bubastes  (6)
  5. Burnsiellus  (2)
  6. Calotemognatha  (1)
  7. Castiarina  (115)
    Castiarina abdominalis
    Castiarina adelaidae
    Castiarina aeneicornis
    Castiarina alternozona
    Castiarina amplipennis
    Castiarina argillacea
    Castiarina arida
    Castiarina armstrongi
    Castiarina atricollis
    Castiarina aurantia
    Castiarina aurantiaca
    Castiarina australasiae
    Castiarina bella
    Castiarina bicolor
    Castiarina booanyia
    Castiarina browningi
    Castiarina burnsi
    Castiarina carminea
    Castiarina castelnaudi
    Castiarina chinnocki
    Castiarina clancula
    Castiarina colorata
    Castiarina crenata
    Castiarina creta
    Castiarina crockerae
    Castiarina crux
    Castiarina cupreoflava
    Castiarina cupricauda
    Castiarina cyanipes
    Castiarina danesi
    Castiarina decemmaculata
    Castiarina distincta
    Castiarina distinguenda
    Castiarina duaringae
    Castiarina dugganensis
    Castiarina elderi
    Castiarina erythromelas
    Castiarina erythroptera
    Castiarina euclae
    Castiarina eyrensis
    Castiarina flava
    Castiarina flavopicta
    Castiarina sp. Flinders Ranges
    Castiarina flindersi
    Castiarina gardnerae
    Castiarina gibbicollis
    Castiarina cf. goudiana
    Castiarina grata
    Castiarina guttata
    Castiarina hanloni
    Castiarina haswelli
    Castiarina hateleyi
    Castiarina hoffmanseggi
    Castiarina ignea
    Castiarina jekelli
    Castiarina jospilota
    Castiarina julia
    Castiarina kerremansi
    Castiarina keyzeri
    Castiarina kiatae
    Castiarina kirbyi
    Castiarina klugi
    Castiarina lepida
    Castiarina lukini
    Castiarina macarthuri
    Castiarina malleeana
    Castiarina marginata
    Castiarina marginicollis
    Castiarina media
    Castiarina melrosensis
    Castiarina moxoni
    Castiarina nota
    Castiarina nullarborica
    Castiarina obscura
    Castiarina octomaculata
    Castiarina octopunctata
    Castiarina ovata
    Castiarina pallidipennis
    Castiarina pallidiventris
    Castiarina parallela
    Castiarina parallelipennis
    Castiarina cf. parallelipennis
    Castiarina perlonga
    Castiarina piliventris
    Castiarina powelli
    Castiarina propinqua
    Castiarina purcellae
    Castiarina puteolata
    Castiarina quadrifasciata
    Castiarina recta
    Castiarina rediviva
    Castiarina robusta
    Castiarina rubriventris
    Castiarina rufipennis
    Castiarina rufolimbata
    Castiarina scalaris
    Castiarina simulata
    Castiarina skusei
    Castiarina subnotata
    Castiarina subtestacea
    Castiarina subtincta
    Castiarina tepperi
    Castiarina testacea
    Castiarina thomsoni
    Castiarina triramosa
    Castiarina turneri
    Castiarina uncata
    Castiarina undulata
    Castiarina uptoni
    Castiarina vanderwoudeae
    Castiarina vegeta
    Castiarina viridissima
    Castiarina viridolinea
    Castiarina vittata
    Castiarina xanthopilosa
  8. Chalcophorotaenia  (4)
  9. Chrysobothris  (5)
  10. Cypriacis  (1)
  11. Cyrioides  (1)
  12. Diadoxus  (3)
  13. Dinocephalia  (4)
  14. Diphucrania  (27)
  15. Ethonion  (5)
  16. Euryspilus  (2)
  17. Germarica  (3)
  18. Hypocisseis  (3)
  19. Julodimorpha  (1)
  20. Meliboeithon  (3)
  21. Melobasis  (39)
  22. Merimna  (1)
  23. Microcastalia  (1)
  24. Nascio  (1)
  25. Nascioides  (1)
  26. Neobubastes  (1)
  27. Neobuprestis  (1)
  28. Neocuris  (20)
  29. Neospades  (4)
  30. Notobubastes  (1)
  31. Notographus  (4)
  32. Pachycisseis  (1)
  33. Paracephala  (3)
  34. Prospheres  (1)
  35. Pseudanilara  (6)
  36. Selagis  (8)
  37. Stanwatkinsius  (5)
  38. Stigmodera  (3)
  39. Synechocera  (2)
  40. Temognatha  (22)
  1. BUPRESTIDAE – family  (340)
    1. Agrilinae – subfamily  (67)
      1. Agrilini – tribe  (7)
        1. Agrilina – subtribe  (7)
          1. Agrilus  (7)
            Agrilus assimilis assimilis
            Agrilus aurovittatus
            Agrilus australasiae
            Agrilus echidna
            Agrilus hypoleucus
            Agrilus kangaroo
            Agrilus raphelisi
      2. Aphanisticini – tribe  (3)
        1. Germaricina – subtribe  (3)
          1. Germarica  (3)
            Germarica blackburni
            Germarica carteri
            Germarica lilliputana
      3. Coraebini – tribe  (57)
        1. Cisseina – subtribe  (40)
          1. Diphucrania  (27)
            Diphucrania acuducta
            Diphucrania adusta
            Diphucrania aenigma
            Diphucrania albosparsa
            Diphucrania aurocyanea
            Diphucrania cupreicollis
            Diphucrania cupreola
            Diphucrania duodecimmaculata
            Diphucrania maculata
            Diphucrania minutissima
            Diphucrania niveosparsa
            Diphucrania notulata
            Diphucrania nubeculosa
            Diphucrania parva
            Diphucrania prasina
            Diphucrania roseocuprea
            Diphucrania rubicunda
            Diphucrania rubricata
            Diphucrania scabiosa
            Diphucrania trimentula
            Diphucrania tyrrhena
            Diphucrania leucosticta   (leucosticta)
            Diphucrania robertfisheri   (leucosticta)
            Diphucrania chalcophora   (modesta)
            Diphucrania modesta   (modesta)
            Diphucrania semiobscura   (modesta)
            Diphucrania sp. cf. tasmanica   (modesta)
          2. Hypocisseis  (3)
            Hypocisseis ornata
            Hypocisseis suturalis
            Hypocisseis sp. Western
          3. Neospades  (4)
            Neospades chrysopygia
            Neospades sp. Cullyamurra
            Neospades rugiceps
            Neospades sp. Narrow variant
          4. Pachycisseis  (1)
            Pachycisseis bicolor
          5. Stanwatkinsius  (5)
            Stanwatkinsius crassus
            Stanwatkinsius grevilleae
            Stanwatkinsius lindi
            Stanwatkinsius perplexus
            Stanwatkinsius uniformis
        2. Ethoniina – subtribe  (5)
          1. Ethonion  (5)
            Ethonion corpulentum
            Ethonion cf. corpulentum Small
            Ethonion leai
            Ethonion cf. reichei
            Ethonion cf. reichei Mallee
        3. Synechocerina – subtribe  (2)
          1. Synechocera  (2)
            Synechocera deplana
            Synechocera setosa
        4. unplaced in Coraebini – subtribe  (10)
          1. Dinocephalia  (4)
            Dinocephalia burnsi
            Dinocephalia carteri
            Dinocephalia thoracica
            Dinocephalia transsecta
          2. Meliboeithon  (3)
            Meliboeithon bicostatum
            Meliboeithon confusum
            Meliboeithon cylindricolle
          3. Paracephala  (3)
            Paracephala cf. aenea
            Paracephala sp. Nurrari Lakes
            Paracephala pistacina
    2. Buprestinae – subfamily  (260)
      1. Bubastini – tribe  (8)
        1. Bubastina – subtribe  (8)
          1. Bubastes  (6)
            Bubastes australasiae
            Bubastes globicollis
            Bubastes inconsistans
            Bubastes sphaenoida
            Bubastes subflavipennis
            Bubastes vagans
          2. Euryspilus  (2)
            Euryspilus australis
            Euryspilus chalcodes
      2. Buprestini – tribe  (3)
        1. Buprestina – subtribe  (3)
          1. Burnsiellus  (2)
            Burnsiellus marmorata
            Burnsiellus trisulcata
          2. Neobuprestis  (1)
            Neobuprestis perroni
      3. Chrysobothrini – tribe  (5)
        1. Chrysobothrina – subtribe  (5)
          1. Chrysobothris  (5)
            Chrysobothris amplicollis
            Chrysobothris mastersii
            Chrysobothris perroni
            Chrysobothris saundersii
            Chrysobothris subsimilis
      4. Curidini – tribe  (53)
        1. Anilarina – subtribe  (19)
          1. Anilara  (15)
            Anilara adelaidae
            Anilara cf. aeraria
            Anilara angusta
            Anilara cf. anthaxoides
            Anilara sp. Broombush
            Anilara sp. Dune ridge
            Anilara sp. Golden Bronze
            Anilara sp. Ki Ki
            Anilara laeta
            Anilara longicollis
            Anilara obscura
            Anilara sp. Peebinga
            Anilara planifrons
            Anilara sp. Rotund
            Anilara subcostata
          2. Notographus  (4)
            Notographus sp. Golden vittae
            Notographus sp. Large
            Notographus sp. Quorn
            Notographus uniformis
        2. Curidina – subtribe  (8)
          1. Selagis  (8)
            Selagis aurifera
            Selagis corusca
            Selagis intercribrata
            Selagis sp. Large
            Selagis obscura
            Selagis peroni
            Selagis sp. Small
            Selagis viridicyanea
        3. Neocurina – subtribe  (26)
          1. Neocuris  (20)
            Neocuris anthaxoides
            Neocuris asperipennis
            Neocuris brownii
            Neocuris sp. Carradoo Tanks
            Neocuris crassa
            Neocuris cuprilatera
            Neocuris sp. Dark green
            Neocuris dichroa
            Neocuris discoflava
            Neocuris cf. discoflava Large lacuna
            Neocuris fairmairei
            Neocuris fortnumi
            Neocuris guerinii
            Neocuris monochroma
            Neocuris pauperata
            Neocuris pubescens
            Neocuris sapphira
            Neocuris sp. Subulate aedeagus
            Neocuris thoracica
            Neocuris cf. viridimicans
          2. Pseudanilara  (6)
            Pseudanilara sp. Blue-green pilose
            Pseudanilara cupripes
            Pseudanilara piliventris
            Pseudanilara pilosa
            Pseudanilara purpureicollis
            Pseudanilara sp. Striate
      5. Epistomentini – tribe  (4)
        1. Epistomentina – subtribe  (4)
          1. Cyrioides  (1)
            Cyrioides imperialis
          2. Diadoxus  (3)
            Diadoxus erythrurus
            Diadoxus jungi
            Diadoxus regius
      6. Julodimorphini – tribe  (1)
        1. Julodimorphina – subtribe  (1)
          1. Julodimorpha  (1)
            Julodimorpha bakewelli
      7. Melanophilini – tribe  (1)
          1. Merimna  (1)
            Merimna atrata
      8. Melobasini – tribe  (39)
        1. Melobasina – subtribe  (39)
          1. Melobasis  (39)
            Melobasis sp. Broad green
            Melobasis abnormis   (abnormis)
            Melobasis gratiosissima   (aclypea)
            Melobasis speciosa   (aclypea)
            Melobasis andersoni   (andersoni)
            Melobasis cf. formosa Silver   (formosa)
            Melobasis monticola   (hypocrita)
            Melobasis sp. Brown   (melanura)
            Melobasis rothei   (melanura)
            Melobasis simplex   (melanura)
            Melobasis sp. Dark grey costate   (nervosa)
            Melobasis angustecostata angustecostata   (nervosa)
            Melobasis angustecostata subacuta   (nervosa)
            Melobasis costifera   (nervosa)
            Melobasis cupreovittata cupreovittata   (nervosa)
            Melobasis igniceps   (nervosa)
            Melobasis nervosa   (nervosa)
            Melobasis sordida   (nervosa)
            Melobasis soror soror   (nervosa)
            Melobasis viridiceps   (nervosa)
            Melobasis nobilitata   (nobilitata)
            Melobasis sp. Dichromatic   (obscurella)
            Melobasis obscurella   (obscurella)
            Melobasis occidentalis   (obscurella)
            Melobasis sp. Golden reflections   (pretiosa)
            Melobasis beltanensis   (pretiosa)
            Melobasis fasciata   (pretiosa)
            Melobasis pyritosa   (pretiosa)
            Melobasis sexplagiata   (pretiosa)
            Melobasis sp. Violet   (pretiosa)
            Melobasis propinqua verna   (propinqua)
            Melobasis purpurascens   (purpurascens)
            Melobasis semisuturalis   (purpurascens)
            Melobasis splendida   (purpurascens)
            Melobasis splendida (Grey form)   (purpurascens)
            Melobasis cf. splendida Green   (purpurascens)
            Melobasis aurocyanea   (thoracica)
            Melobasis thoracica   (thoracica)
            Melobasis vittata   (vittata)
      9. Nascionini – tribe  (2)
        1. Nascionina – subtribe  (2)
          1. Nascio  (1)
            Nascio vetusta
          2. Nascioides  (1)
            Nascioides parryi
      10. Pterobothrini – tribe  (1)
          1. Neobubastes  (1)
            Neobubastes aureocincta
      11. Stigmoderini – tribe  (141)
        1. Stigmoderina – subtribe  (141)
          1. Calotemognatha  (1)
            Calotemognatha yarelli yarelli
          2. Castiarina  (115)
            Castiarina aeneicornis   (aeneicornis)
            Castiarina duaringae   (aeneicornis)
            Castiarina atricollis   (atricollis)
            Castiarina recta   (atricollis)
            Castiarina australasiae   (australasiae)
            Castiarina bella   (bella)
            Castiarina kerremansi   (bella)
            Castiarina marginata   (bella)
            Castiarina macarthuri   (convexa)
            Castiarina puteolata   (convexa)
            Castiarina turneri   (convexa)
            Castiarina crenata   (crenata)
            Castiarina lepida   (crocicolor)
            Castiarina octopunctata   (crocicolor)
            Castiarina parallela   (crocicolor)
            Castiarina vittata   (crocicolor)
            Castiarina xanthopilosa   (crocicolor)
            Castiarina flava   (cruenta)
            Castiarina ovata   (cruenta)
            Castiarina obscura   (cruentata)
            Castiarina vegeta   (cruentata)
            Castiarina viridissima   (cruentata)
            Castiarina crux   (crux)
            Castiarina nota   (crux)
            Castiarina chinnocki   (cupricauda)
            Castiarina cupricauda   (cupricauda)
            Castiarina euclae   (cupricauda)
            Castiarina flindersi   (cupricauda)
            Castiarina alternozona   (cupricollis)
            Castiarina hoffmanseggi   (cupricollis)
            Castiarina julia   (cupricollis)
            Castiarina castelnaudi   (cyanipes)
            Castiarina cyanipes   (cyanipes)
            Castiarina marginicollis   (cyanipes)
            Castiarina aurantia   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina browningi   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina creta   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina decemmaculata   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina elderi   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina malleeana   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina pallidiventris   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina rediviva   (decemmaculata)
            Castiarina cf. goudiana   (delectabilis)
            Castiarina moxoni   (delectabilis)
            Castiarina arida   (distinguenda)
            Castiarina danesi   (distinguenda)
            Castiarina distinguenda   (distinguenda)
            Castiarina dugganensis   (distinguenda)
            Castiarina grata   (distinguenda)
            Castiarina erythromelas   (erythromelas)
            Castiarina bicolor   (flavopicta)
            Castiarina colorata   (flavopicta)
            Castiarina flavopicta   (flavopicta)
            Castiarina powelli   (flavopicta)
            Castiarina jekelli   (fulviventris)
            Castiarina rubriventris   (fulviventris)
            Castiarina eyrensis   (gibbicollis)
            Castiarina gibbicollis   (gibbicollis)
            Castiarina rufolimbata   (gibbicollis)
            Castiarina haswelli   (haswelli)
            Castiarina melrosensis   (hilaris)
            Castiarina aurantiaca   (immaculata)
            Castiarina jospilota   (jospilota)
            Castiarina kiatae   (kiatae)
            Castiarina klugi   (klugi)
            Castiarina robusta   (klugi)
            Castiarina gardnerae   (mustelamajor)
            Castiarina hanloni   (octomaculata)
            Castiarina octomaculata   (octomaculata)
            Castiarina adelaidae   (octospilota)
            Castiarina argillacea   (octospilota)
            Castiarina pallidipennis   (pallidipennis)
            Castiarina purcellae   (purcellae)
            Castiarina quadrifasciata   (quadrifasciata)
            Castiarina uptoni   (quadrifasciata)
            Castiarina rufipennis   (rufipennis)
            Castiarina media   (scalaris)
            Castiarina scalaris   (scalaris)
            Castiarina sp. Flinders Ranges   (sexplagiata)
            Castiarina erythroptera   (sexplagiata)
            Castiarina keyzeri   (sexplagiata)
            Castiarina nullarborica   (sexplagiata)
            Castiarina piliventris   (sexplagiata)
            Castiarina vanderwoudeae   (sexplagiata)
            Castiarina simulata   (simulata)
            Castiarina triramosa   (simulata)
            Castiarina uncata   (simulata)
            Castiarina skusei   (skusei)
            Castiarina abdominalis   (straminea)
            Castiarina armstrongi   (straminea)
            Castiarina burnsi   (straminea)
            Castiarina clancula   (straminea)
            Castiarina guttata   (straminea)
            Castiarina hateleyi   (straminea)
            Castiarina ignea   (straminea)
            Castiarina subnotata   (straminea)
            Castiarina subtincta   (straminea)
            Castiarina tepperi   (straminea)
            Castiarina viridolinea   (straminea)
            Castiarina crockerae   (testacea)
            Castiarina subtestacea   (testacea)
            Castiarina testacea   (testacea)
            Castiarina kirbyi   (trifasciata)
            Castiarina lukini   (trifasciata)
            Castiarina parallelipennis   (trifasciata)
            Castiarina cf. parallelipennis   (trifasciata)
            Castiarina perlonga   (trifasciata)
            Castiarina propinqua   (trifasciata)
            Castiarina undulata   (undulata)
            Castiarina amplipennis   (vicina)
            Castiarina carminea   (vicina)
            Castiarina distincta   (vicina)
            Castiarina thomsoni   (vicina)
            Castiarina booanyia   (violacea)
            Castiarina cupreoflava   (violacea)
          3. Stigmodera  (3)
            Stigmodera cancellata
            Stigmodera macularia
            Stigmodera sanguinosa
          4. Temognatha  (22)
            Temognatha congener
            Temognatha flavicollis
            Temognatha flavocincta
            Temognatha flavomarginata
            Temognatha fortnumii
            Temognatha fusca
            Temognatha haematica
            Temognatha heros
            Temognatha lessonii
            Temognatha marginalis
            Temognatha miranda
            Temognatha mitchellii
            Temognatha mitchellii 'karattae'
            Temognatha mnizechii mnizechii
            Temognatha parvicollis parvicollis
            Temognatha pascoei
            Temognatha pubicollis
            Temognatha reichei
            Temognatha sanguiniventris
            Temognatha stevensii
            Temognatha westwoodii
            Temognatha wimmerae wimmerae
      12. unplaced in Buprestinae – tribe  (2)
          1. Microcastalia  (1)
            Microcastalia globithorax.
          2. Notobubastes  (1)
            Notobubastes costatus
    3. Chalcophorinae – subfamily  (4)
      1. Chalcophorini – tribe  (4)
        1. Chalcophorina – subtribe  (4)
          1. Chalcophorotaenia  (4)
            Chalcophorotaenia australasiae
            Chalcophorotaenia beltanae
            Chalcophorotaenia castanea
            Chalcophorotaenia exilis
    4. Polycestinae – subfamily  (9)
      1. Astraeini – tribe  (8)
        1. Astraeina – subtribe  (8)
          1. Astraeus  (8)
            Astraeus aridus
            Astraeus badeni
            Astraeus jansoni
            Astraeus major
            Astraeus mastersii
            Astraeus obscurus
            Astraeus sundholmi
            Astraeus irregularis   (subgenus Depollus)
      2. Prospherini – tribe  (1)
        1. Prospherina – subtribe  (1)
          1. Prospheres  (1)
            Prospheres aurantiopictus

Buprestidae of South Australia Introduction

About the beetles

The Buprestidae (or jewel beetles) constitute just one of many beetle families – but it is a large and diverse one – the eighth largest in the world (Bouchard et al. 2017). Although the family has a cosmopolitan distribution, nearly all of the Buprestid species found in Australia, and a large proportion of the genera, are unique to this continent, consistent with its long history of isolation. Australia has over 1300 described Buprestid species (ABRS 2020), representing 5–6% of its total known beetle fauna drawn from 121 families (Yeates et al. 2003). A notable feature of our Buprestid fauna is the massive radiation of species in tribe Stigmoderini. This tribe includes the largest Australian genus, Castiarina, as well as the biggest beetles, Temognatha, and appears to have evolved together with plants of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that produce abundant flows of nectar, including genera such as Eucalyptus, Leptospermum, Melaleuca and Hysterobaeckea.

South Australia (SA) has a surprisingly large and diverse Buprestid fauna, but there are relatively few species endemic to this State alone. Although lacking centres of very high species-richness like those found in south-west Western Australia and the Sydney region of New South Wales, the central position of SA enables a good representation of the more widely occurring southern species from both Western Australia and the eastern states, and its extensive arid zone makes a further contribution. The current count of SA Buprestid species is over 335.

Flower-feeding Buprestid beetles are generally brightly coloured and readily encountered, although their clustering behaviour makes them patchily distributed. On the other hand, the leaf-feeding species are often more cryptic and detecting them usually requires careful observation or sweeping foliage with insect nets. Buprestids are thought to be generally toxic, and their bright colours and patterning is used to advantage in deterring predators. This is evident from the prevalence of mimicry series, where Buprestid species that are not closely related share colouration patterns and closely resemble one another or toxic beetles of other families.

Sex pheromones are produced by many insects to enable mates to be located by scent, but none have been detected in Buprestids. Instead, it appears that Buprestids, with their large eyes and varied colourations, find their mates visually using colour cues. This is supported by results for colour lures reported on this website which show a tendency for attraction to colours characteristic of the beetles themselves.  Also, the attraction of many flower-feeding species to white or pale pink lures, and some leaf-feeding ones to bright green lures, suggests that colour is also used in locating food resources.

Most Buprestid larvae are wood-borers, although unlike many Longicorn beetle larvae, they are generally not considered to be troublesome pests in SA.  Some larvae feed on the wood of stems, some in roots; some prefer live wood, some dead wood; a few have very different hosts. Members of the genus Ethonion, for example, are gall-makers in bush-peas, while Paracephala, Synechocera, and Meliboeithon are known to develop in the stems of grasses, stems of sedges, and rhizomes of sedges, respectively.

The wood-boring habit of most species makes study of their life cycles more difficult. Nevertheless, many new breeding records have been discovered in this project, and it is planned to progressively display relevant images and data on the website as results get formally published. These breeding records reveal a high degree of specificity in the plants used as larval hosts, at plant family, genus or even species level. Many are understorey shrubs and smaller plants with woody bases (as opposed to the larger Eucalypts and Acacias that are well recognised as hosts for some species). This explains why substantial areas of bushland with intact understories are the best places to find Buprestid beetles. Conservation of Buprestid beetles requires the retention and management of bushland areas and their protection from too frequent or extensive burning.

It should be noted that, along with other biota, jewel beetles are protected on crown land in SA. Field work and collection of voucher specimens in government reserves for this project was done under SA Scientific Research Permits issued by the SA Department of Environment and Water. The use of lures to investigate colour attraction, and most of the sampling for sub-adult stages, has occurred on private land with landholder permission.

 

Interpreting the data

The backbone of the data set informing these pages comprises over 6380 Buprestid specimens that I have collected at over 1200 locations in SA, together with donated specimens (and a few temporary loans for processing) from other collectors. All together this amounts to more than 8330 specimens (and 12550 sighted individuals) at over 1670 distinct locations.

Further data has been sourced from selected specimens in museum and private collections, providing supplementary records for another 6650 or more individuals.

My career as a professional botanist, entailing extensive fieldwork across SA, has equipped me with a comprehensive knowledge of the State’s vascular plant flora. As a result nearly all of my plant-associated Buprestid collections have the adult or larval hosts identified to species level. This applies also to plant-associated collections contributed to this project by Alex Stolarski (in excess of 1007), as most of these were accompanied by pressed voucher plant samples.

The supplementary museum and private collections also provided some plant host details. These have been critically evaluated and amended as necessary in accordance with current taxonomy and nomenclature, or specific field knowledge of plant distributions and occurrences.

The counts of individuals presented here for host plant associations (both adult and larval), position in or on host, and even those displayed on the adult activity charts, all need to be interpreted with caution.

Firstly, it is worth remembering that there are sampling biases in regard to geography, host species, and time of year that even large museum collections accumulated over a long period by diverse collectors may not completely iron out. The contribution of museum records varies greatly for the Buprestid species presented here: some have had all or most of their records databased, some have none.

Secondly, not too much weight should be given to sequence detail in the descending sort of counts; its main purpose is to highlight those categories for which there is the strongest evidence of an association.

Thirdly, a useful general principle to apply is to weight positive data over negative data: ‘the absence of evidence is not (necessarily) evidence of absence’. That said, for host plant relationships, an absence or a low count becomes quite significant if the same host plant has very high counts for other Buprestid species, since this means that the plant is likely to have been well-searched for Buprestids in general.  This information can be accessed readily via the ‘Host plants’ pages.

Fourthly, single records or very low counts on a plant may be quite incidental and not reflect a host preference at all; but when the overall sample size is low it is hard to tell. Consideration of the number of sites (based on 10 km grid cells) and number of regions represented (presented alongside the host plant counts) can provide extra evidence in establishing repeated patterns of host plant usage. 

The different developing stages recorded, documented and tallied in the ‘Larval host plant’ section provide various strands and levels of evidence for breeding records. The various adult stage categories provide a conclusive identity, the only exception being dead adults if the remains are in poor condition. However, for pupae and larvae, evidence of their identity may be conclusive where there are subsequent reared stages, but less certain where it relies merely on repeated association with adult stages and/or host plants. In a few cases larvae have been matched to adults using DNA barcodes and this is noted in the text.

Note that the distribution maps exclude records of low geographical resolution (greater than 50 km), and thus many important historical collections given simply as ‘Mount Lofty Ranges’, ‘Kangaroo Island’ or ‘River Murray’ are omitted from the maps even if they are the only record for a region.

The website is still a work in progress, and it is planned to add more images, particularly for those species without specimen images, and to include many more text notes. Note that compiled details for some species, particularly breeding records and images, will be initially withheld and progressively released to allow for their publication in the scientific literature first.

 

Acknowledgements

I have greatly enjoyed collaborating with Alex (A.M.P.) Stolarski who has contributed enormously to this project. Alex collected many of the more recent specimens, and, through his keen observation and insights, is the discoverer of many new breeding records. His collections are not distinguished by their own voucher code but are included here under the PL cataloguing identifiers.

My interest in Buprestids was first aroused by the publication in 2006 of Shelley Barker’s monumental treatise ‘Castiarina: Australia’s richest jewel beetle genus’. It was also greatly encouraged by D. (Andy) Young who suggested a DNA sequencing project and then seeded it with a gift of tissue samples and associated specimens representing 48 species that he collected from Kangaroo Island (indicated in images by the voucher number prefix ‘DAY’). Barcode sequencing and analysis was undertaken with Mark Stevens of the SA Museum, eventually for over 790 Buprestid specimens from more than 170 species. The results support the species groups established within Castiarina by (Barker 2006) and shed light on relationships between species, informing the notes for some of the species in these web pages.

Allen Sundholm has provided much support and information over the years. I much appreciate the way he has freely shared his extensive knowledge of the family. Allen joined me on several early field tips, including a most memorable one in which we ‘rediscovered’ Temognatha congener, a species that had not been reported for over 40 years in SA. I have also benefited from information, insights, and images shared by Mark Hanlon, David Knowles, Magnus Peterson and Michael Powell.

I am grateful to the successive collection managers Jan Forrest, Peter Hudson and Matthew Shaw for access to the SA Museum (SAMA) collection. I also thank Peter Hudson and Alex Stolarski for their work in setting up trials on private land to investigate the attraction of Buprestids to coloured lures.

I acknowledge with thanks the permissions granted for use of SA records from the following sources: A.M. Sundholm (selected collections); Richard Glatz (selected collections, mainly Kangaroo Island); vouchered image records on iNaturalist of Ralph Foster, Andrew Thornhill, Ethan Beaver, Anthony Paul and Geoffery Cox; early access to collections of Remko Leijs being submitted to SAMA. I also thank Dan Duval (SA Seed Conservation Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens), Denzel Murfet and Loraine Jansen for generously making their plant images available for the Host Plant pages.

Finally, these web pages would not have been produced if not for the generosity and extraordinary abilities of Rex. Rex developed this website, writing the programming required to process and present information extracted from my databases and display it together with the images. He also suggested the ‘Host plant’ pages, came up with much of their structure, and compiled the plant images for them.

 

Dedication

I never cease to be astounded by the beauty and intricate functionality of the natural world. This website is dedicated in praise of the triune God, who I believe created all of nature, sustains it, and will redeem it in the promised new creation.

 

References cited

ABRS (2020). Buprestidae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. Available from: https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/BUPRESTIDAE (accessed 11 March 2020).

Barker, S. (2006).  'Castiarina: Australia's richest jewel beetle genus'. South Australian Museum & University of Adelaide. 341 pp.

Bouchard, P., Smith, A.B.T., Douglas, H., Gimmel, M.L, Brunke, A.J. & Kanda, K. (2017). Biodiversity of Coleoptera. In: Footit, B. & Alder, P.H. (eds) 'Insect biodiversity: science and society.' Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

Yeates, D.K., Harvey, M.S. & Austin, A.D. (2003). New estimates for terrestrial arthropod species‐richness in Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum, Monograph Series 7: 231–241.