Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Astraeus aridus   Barker, 1989
subfamily  Polycestinae » tribe  Astraeini » subtribe  Astraeina
Astraeus aridus  Distinctive features

Each elytron with four spots/short fasciae, background black with bluish reflections.


Known only from the type series and a single collection made two years earlier at the same place, Puttapa Gap, S of Copley in the northern Flinders Ranges. It has not been collected subsequently despite much searching of the recorded host plant species, a paperbark tea-tree that is widespread in creek-lines of the northern Flinders Ranges and other arid areas.

SA Regions¹:  FR
Australian States:  SA
South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
Satellite map
Terrain map
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Adult activity records for Astraeus aridus  (total of 30 beetles)
16 14
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 16 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 16
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
Melaleuca glomerata301FRM
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 30 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)301
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