Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina gardnerae   (Barker, 1987)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: mustelamajor
Castiarina gardnerae   Adult images
Castiarina gardnerae, PL1412B, on Melaleuca lanceolata, EP Castiarina gardnerae, PL3196, female, from Senna artemisioides ssp. filifolia, MU, 12.3 × 4.3 mm
10.6 mm
3.7 mm
Measurements (mm)
9 – 11.05
n = 1011.7
11 – 12.3
n = 2
8.6 – 10.75
n = 810.6
n = 1
3.1 – 4.05
n = 104.1
3.9 – 4.25
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

A semi-arid species mostly found in mallee flowers in summer. Uncommon in the Southern Lofty Region (SL) where known by an 1885 collection from Lyndoch at the south end of the Barossa Valley.

Australian States:  WASAVICNSWQLD
South Australia distribution
LegendP.J.Lang collection vouchered records
other private collection or museum specimens, or sightings
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Adult activity records for Castiarina gardnerae  (total of 158 beetles)
9 1 3 5
6 1 23 34
63 3 7
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 5 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 5
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
Eucalyptus leptophylla7016EP, MU, SEM
Melaleuca lanceolata215EPM
Eucalyptus dumosa104EP, MUM
Eucalyptus socialis93EP, MU, SEM
Eucalyptus phenax ssp. phenax82EP, MUM
Eucalyptus sp.84NL, MUM
Eucalyptus oleosa51MUM
Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa31SEP
Eucalyptus cretata22EPM
Eucalyptus porosa21SEM
Melaleuca sp.21NUM
Eucalyptus calcareana11EPM
*Eucalyptus cladocalyx11NLM
Eucalyptus socialis ssp. socialis11MUM
Senna artemisioides ssp. filifolia11MUF
Legendbeetlescount of beetles collected from, or sighted on, host plant taxon
sitescount of major sites (unique 10 km grid cells +/- some distinct approximate localities)
*indicates alien (non-native) plant occurrences, either wild or planted (the species may be alien in SA, or native in parts of its SA range)
Plant family
Code beetles % host plant taxa
M Myrtaceae 139 97% 10
P Pittosporaceae 3 2% 1
F Fabaceae 1 1% 1
Position on adult host
on flower(s)2511
on flowering plant10921
on foliage or non-flowering plant22
on dead foliage11
on plant (unspecified)72
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
light pink11SE
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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