Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina lukini   (Barker, 1986)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: trifasciata
Castiarina lukini   Adult images
Castiarina lukini, SAMA 25-015318, male, holotype, adapted from original, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0, EP, photo by Danijela Todan for SA Museum Castiarina lukini, holotype, adapted from original, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0, EP, photo by Danijela Todan for SA Museum
Castiarina lukini  Distinctive features

Head and pronotum green to bronze; elytral background orange, fasciae dark with blue-green reflections and strongly angled outlines.


The 16 specimens of the type collections were originally assigned by Barker 1980 to C. bucolica (as Stigmodera (Castiarina) bucolica), a similar but somewhat smaller related species from WA.

SA Regions¹:  EP
Australian States:  SA
Southern South Australian occurrences
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 Castiarina lukini  (total of 10 beetles)
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
live emerged adults, count > median value of 10 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 10
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
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
M Myrtaceae 10 100% 1
Position on adult host
on plant (unspecified)101
Host plant notes

The holotype specimen label has the word 'Baeckea'. It, and the 9 paratype specimens that were also collected on 16 Nov 1974, were taken from the 'flowers of Baeckea sp.' according to Barker 1986. This must refer to Hysterobaeckea behrii, since the only other southern Eyre Peninsula plant included in Baeckea at that time is Rinzea orientalis (formerly Baeckea crassifolia), an early-flowering species which would have finished flowering well before that date.

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