Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Agrilus aurovittatus   Hope, 1846
subfamily  Agrilinae » tribe  Agrilini » subtribe  Agrilina
Agrilus aurovittatus  Distinctive features

Coppery to bronze-grey colour, pre-marginal carinula absent, anterior prosternal lobe lacking tooth, abdominal ventrites with uniform pubescence, perisutural elytral pubescence prominent. Somewhat similar to A. kangaroo (q.v.) but differs in: smaller size (only up to 8 mm long), narrower shape, smaller more rounded eyes, frons with barely visible pubescence, pronotum somewhat globular (more rounded and swollen) but with more depressed flattened sides (Curletti 2001). The aedeagus parameres have narrow acuminate arcuate projections.


A poorly known and collected species in SA. It was described by Hope 1846b based on type material he received from Morialta (as Moriatta). However, the species does not seem to have been recorded in the Adelaide area subsequently. Widely distributed in Australia, but with relatively few collections.

SA Regions¹:  NW?FRSL
Australian States:  WASANSWACTQLD
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 Agrilus aurovittatus  (total actual records: 2 beetles)
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
number of active beetles, actually recorded in that quarter-month
actual count > 2 (median)
actual count <= 2 (median)
Host plant notes

Under the heading 'Larval biology', Curletti 2001 reports that two specimens have been found 'on' two different Allocasuarina species. These are presumably adult host records taken to indicate a possible larval host association with Allocasuarina.

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