Buprestidae of South Australia
( Jewel beetles )
by Peter J. Lang
Castiarina simulata   (Gory & Laporte, 1838)
subfamily  Buprestinae » tribe  Stigmoderini » subtribe  Stigmoderina
Castiarina  species group: simulata
Castiarina simulata   Adult images
Castiarina simulata, DAY133A, male, on Melaleuca gibbosa, KI, 14.0 × 5.7 mm Castiarina simulata, DAY133A, male, on Melaleuca gibbosa, KI, 14.0 × 5.7 mm Castiarina simulata, PL2859, male, from Calytrix tetragona, KI, 15.1 × 5.6 mm Castiarina simulata, DAY133A, male, on Melaleuca gibbosa, KI, 14.0 × 5.7 mm Castiarina simulata, DAY133A, male, KI, 14.0 × 5.7 mm Castiarina simulata, DAY36, KI, 12.2 × 5.0 mm Castiarina simulata, DAY99, KI, 16.4 × 6.3 mm Castiarina simulata, PL4604, adult host plant, host Melaleuca decussata (PJL 3450), EP Castiarina simulata, PL4604, adult host plant, host Melaleuca decussata (PJL 3450), EP
Actual
size¹:
14.8 mm
×
5.8 mm
Measurements (mm)
malefemale
L114.1
13.5 – 15.1
n = 615.4
14.15 – 16.9
n = 8
L213.9
13.4 – 14.4
n = 214.7
13.95 – 15.65
n = 4
W5.6
5.35 – 5.7
n = 66.0
5.4 – 6.45
n = 8
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
Distribution
SA Regions¹:  EPMUYPSLKISE
Australian States:  WASAVICNSW
Southern 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 Castiarina simulata  (total of 121 beetles)
2
7 4 8 26
21 27 4 6
9 4
2 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Legend
live emerged adults, count > median value of 6 per quarter month
live emerged adults, count <= median value of 6
live non-emerged adults only, for that quarter month
12
number of active beetles for that quarter month
Adult host plants
beetles sites SA regions¹ family position on host plant
228EP, YP, KIM
2012EP, MU, SEM
134EPM
135EP, KIM
125EP, MUM
Leptospermum sp.105MU, KIM
72MU, KIM
61MUM
33KI, SEM
32EPM
Eucalyptus sp.22EPM
11EPM
11EPM
11EPM
Melaleuca sp.11EPM
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 115 100% 12
Position on adult host
positionbeetlessites
on flower(s)6325
on flowering plant2212
on foliage or non-flowering plant32
on plant (unspecified)2714
Lure affinity
colour beetles sites SA regions¹
blue93MU, SE
white11SE
Host plant notes

This species has a strong association with Melaleuca species as adult hosts which suggests that this genus may also function as larval hosts.

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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