Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Astraeus badeni   van de Poll, 1889
subfamily  Polycestinae » tribe  Astraeini » subtribe  Astraeina
Astraeus badeni   Adult images
Astraeus badeni, PL4636, male, SE, 9.2 × 3.9 mm Astraeus badeni, PL4636, male, SE, 9.2 × 3.9 mm Astraeus badeni, PL5068, male, SE, 8.8 × 3.8 mm Astraeus badeni, PL5068, male, SE, 8.8 × 3.8 mm
9.0 mm
3.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
8.8 – 9.15
n = 2
8.75 – 9
n = 2
3.8 – 3.85
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
Astraeus badeni  Distinctive features

Barker 1989 noted that 'A. badeni differs from its congeners in the bulbous appearance of the pronotum and the more abruptly tapering apices of the elytra. It is a short broad species.'

SA Regions¹:  SLNLMUSE
Australian States:  WASAVIC?NSWQLD
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
C Cupressaceae 1 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)11
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
light pink11SE
light violet11SE
Host plant notes

There is an early collection of this species in the SA Museum made by J.G.O. Tepper at Nuriootpa (in the Barossa Valley) recorded on the label as 'from Callitris'. This is assumed to be Callitris gracilis which is the only species of Native Pine occuring in that area.

In north-western Victoria adults have been caught on the foliage of Melaleuca lanceolata (Dryland Tea-tree) that was not in flower (A.M.Sundholm, 2013, pers. comm).

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
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